Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Friday, August 18, 2017
Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?
Apathy is a real problem to the work of God. The literal meaning of apathy is without feeling. Christians often have to lament that they have little or no feeling for the things of God.
The prophet Haggai was raised up to rebuke the Jews for a prolonged season of apathy. For thirty years no work had been done on the rebuilding of the temple, and the people were making the excuse that the time was not opportune for the recommencement of the building programme. With withering scorn, Haggai asked the Jews whether the time was opportune for them to be building ornate houses for themselves while nothing was being done for Gods house.
Haggai put his finger on the real cause for the peoples failure to get on with the building work: their apathy had been brought on by worldliness. The word cieled indicates that the Jews own houses were covered and panelled with the most expensive timber. It is hard to have much feeling for Gods house when your heart is set on your own, on making it beautiful and ornate and better than your neighbours. Haggai showed the Jews that apathy brings disappointment and dissatisfaction, and he encouraged them to get back to the work that God had appointed for them.
While your heart is set on the things of the world, you cannot have any real feeling of satisfaction or fulfilment. You are sure to encounter continual disappointments and frustrations. The reason the church so often lacks its note of praise and triumph is that the people of God are caught up in the world and are cold and unfeeling towards the Lord and His work. It is time we recognized this unfeeling attitude as sinful and repented of it.
Nothing is so offensive to Christ as lukewarmness in religion.
J. C. Ryle
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