‘“From this day on I will bless you.”’ Haggai 2.19
The message of the prophet Haggai was quite simple – it was a call to rebuild the Temple of God. What is encouraging about this call is that the blessing of it came very quickly; not when the people had been obedient and faithful for a long time and eventually finished the work, but right from the outset. Within a very short time frame the hand of God was upon them.
Right now you may be feeling that your spiritual life has gone a bit flat, with prayer more out of duty than joy, and the relationship you once enjoyed with God a thing of the past – basically you sense that something is missing. It may be that what you are sensing is God’s heart; perhaps he too is missing the relationship and is calling you back.
The good news about this call from God is that the promised blessings come quickly, just like when Haggai passed God’s call on to the people of his day. There is no need to wait until you have wrestled in prayer for months; the blessings of relationship begin the moment you step back into the wonder of relationship with Abba Father, with Jesus who stands at the door and knocks and with the Holy Spirit who lives within you.
If you feel you have drifted away from God – come back. Begin by simply speaking the name ‘Jesus’. He is there and has been waiting for you all the time.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission