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Haggai 2:9

“The final glory of this house will be greater than the first,” says the LORD of Hosts. “I will provide peace in this place” – the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.

Haggai was a post-exilic prophet after the Bablyonian invasion of Jerusalem. He and Zechariah had the task of restoring proper worship to Judah after they returned to Jerusalem from Babylon. Haggai encouraged the people to build a house for God to restore proper worship in the temple and to be obedient to His word. Once their priorities were realigned with God’s purpose, He would bless them again.

The verse reminds me of God’s work in the life of Job. Job 42:12a tells us that the LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the earlier. Once we have been through a season of hardship or captivity, it can be difficult to believe God for blessing. Can life be good again? Can I ever overcome my failure? Can my dreams really come true? In Christ, the answer is, “Yes,” but it may require a realignment of priorities.

We must worship God on His terms, not our own. He must take priority. We are here to serve His purpose and not the reverse. Like Job, we must acknowledge God for who He really is – sovereign and Almighty God. No plan of His can ever be thwarted, and we must submit to His sovereignty. As Haggai instructed, we must not neglect God’s house and make Him our first priority. Obedience brings blessing. When we realign our will to submit to His purpose, we will find His blessings flowing in our life once again, and the days ahead of us can actually be greater than our former days.

Do you need to experience God’s blessing once again in your life? Are you ready to realign your plans with His purpose and make Him your greatest priority? If so, there is no limit to the ways in which He may bless you. Better days can be ahead if you dare to believe and realign yourself.

Have a blessed day!

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