This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.
Do you procrastinate? I do! So much, in fact, that I call myself “a procrastinator.” Until the “due date” looms close, I often find myself doing most everything but that particular task which needs my attention. Why do I do this? Did you know God addresses procrastination in his Word?
In the little book of Haggai, hiding between the books of Zephaniah and Zechariah in the Old Testament, God uses his prophet to speak to the people of Israel and announce to them, “Stop procrastinating and GET TO WORK!” The Jews have been allowed to come back to their homeland, which was in ruins, and have completed the foundation of the temple, God’s house. After some opposition, they stopped the work and for 16 YEARS, the Jews have found other things to do besides work on God’s house. Now God, through Haggai, calls them to get things in order, prioritize, and get moving.
The problem with procrastination is there is no peace. There is that nagging until the task is done. Listen to what God promises when the task is completed: “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, ‘ says the LORD Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty. (Haggai 2:9)
As summer begins, instead of shifting into “neutral”, God has asked me to continue to “give careful thought” to my relationship with him, reading his word, seeking his will and following through in obedience each day with what he shows me.
Read the book of Haggai (only 2 chapters). Count how many times God says “GIVE CAREFUL THOUGHT”.
Contributed by Heather Armour