Pastor Tim Romero
Haggai 1:9–11 (ESV): "You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. 10 Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors."
Priorities matter to God.He demands to be the priority in your life. If He isn't, He will certainly let you know it. Ask Haggai, who had the privilege of rebuking the first wave of refuges from Babylon back to Judah.
Haggai prophesied during a time of rebuilding in Judah. The problem was the people had gotten their priorities mixed up. They were focusing on rebuilding homes for themselves and not the house of God. The first order of business should have been to get the Temple rebuilt but the people focused on themselves so God caused their efforts to be hindered and for a drought to come upon the land. It's what I call an attention-getter. Maybe your familiar with them. It's when God uses something in your life that you really value to get your attention like your health or perhaps your bank account or maybe even your child. He is doing/allowing it to get your attention. He demands to be the priority of your life and He will not settle for anything less. Learn the lesson Judah failed in, keep God the priority of your life and He won't have to get your attention!
Father, we thank You for attention-getters. We need them Lord. Align our hearts with Yours and if we are off base at all please direct us back to Your path. We want to make You the priority of our lives. We surrender fully to You even now in Jesus name, amen!