18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, consider: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.”
In Haggai, God rebuked His people who had been released from captivity for 15 years. They had built for themselves fine houses but left the temple in ruins. Through the prophet Haggai, God asks them why they worked hard but did not have enough? Then He told them He was why. Even in the good of being released from captivity, they were not obedient to Him.
God told them to rebuild His temple. The governor, priest, and people repented and turned back to God. They placed the cornerstone which is the first step in rebuilding the temple and God said: “from this day on I will bless you.”
I noticed a couple of things right here in the Old Testament that jumped out at me. Probably, because these things apply to me.
1) Even in good times, I am not always obedient. The Israelites had been released 15 years and were not doing what God had released them to do. They were living it up in their own way, not giving to God what was His. In return, things weren’t going all that smooth even in their living it up.
2) The moment they repented, turned back to God and demonstrated their obedience God said: “from this day on I will bless you.” God didn’t wait for the project of obedience to be completed. He blessed the moment they acted in obedience.
What a great and merciful God we serve! He calls us until He gets our attention. Then, just like that, as soon as we repent, turn back to Him and in the first act of obedience, He blesses!
Blessing comes in obedience!
What is God calling you to do?
What are you waiting for?
Comment below if you have seen this to be true in your life.