Yesterday morning, while waiting to do some work at the temple, I read a chapter from the Old Testament.
Many years after the children of Israel had been carried away captive to Babylon, a man named Zerubbabel was appointed by the Persian king Darius to be a governor of the Jews in Jerusalem. The prophet Haggai came to him with the word of the Lord—he had been neglecting his duty to rebuild Solomon’s temple.
Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled [paneled] houses, and this house [the House of the Lord] lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. —Haggai 1:3–7
The Lord “stirred up the spirit” of the covenant people in Jerusalem to begin or resume their work on the House of the Lord. They started working on the temple within a matter of weeks.
And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, their God. —Haggai 1:14
Too often, when troubles arise in a home, it almost always coincides with neglect of tithing and temple service. We often wonder why there is not enough—not enough money, not enough time, not enough love—when it seems as though our wages are put in “a bag with holes.”
Let me suggest to you once again the benefits of temple worship, and more regular, more meaningful devotion to the ordinances of the House of God. You will feel closer to the Lord. You will feel closer to your spouse and children. You will be more peaceful. Answers to your prayers will come more readily. You will complain less and, therefore, have less to complain about. Your path will become clear to you. You won’t feel lost. You will know what to do. You will have the strength to resist temptation. You will turn away from contention. You will see and feel the Lord’s protection.
Consider your ways. I have, and feel to repent. Patch the holes in your bag. Take responsibility for your temple attendance. Let the Lord find you in His house often, waiting on his grace. You will be so happy you did.