HAGGAI‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“On August 29 of the second year of King Darius’s reign, the Lord gave a message through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.”

Haggai‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God concerns himself with the details. He is concerned with the nuance. As the short book of Haggai starts, let us consider what it catalogues. It chronicles the word of the prophet to the people during the return from exile. Yet we know that this word was not alone, but given to godly men, Jeshua and Zerubabel, a high priest and an official. We also know that it came at a time that overlapped with the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah. There was also another active prophet, Zechariah at play. We also know that God had been at work in the hearts of their captor kings through the work of Daniel. As Haggai offers his prophecy, he is not the first to speak and he is far from alone while standing before this monumental task of calling for corporate confession and repentance. We often think that God doesn’t concern himself with the details but truthfully, he has his hands deep in the nuance of everything. When he calls us, we should respond in the surety that he is capable of his will. Our job isn’t to manage those details but to allow for them to come to fruition. Too many Christians are guilty of trying to assume God’s place in carrying out his own will, that their faith becomes a point of pride for them, rather than a point of worship for God. But who else could move the hearts of men over centuries and locations but the infinite God of creation itself? We must remember that it is an honor to participate in his grand design and let him carry out its nuances.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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