Sitting at home watching an online broadcast is not the same as sitting among God’s people in His house. We have proved that to be be true. We are thankful for the ability to be able to reach our people with God’s Word, we are so glad that those who are unable still to worship can share our ministry and yet we all are aware that communing with the body of Christ is impossible without our public gatherings.
This God, in His person and His determinations, is truth. There is so little that we can depend upon in the world. Life is uncertain, economies are fragile, society can be so fractured, doctors at times differ, one scientific discovery circumvents the last discovery – and so we are reminded constantly that life is a thick mist of uncertainty. Left to our own devices man does not possess the truth, at least not within himself. We struggle to find truth.
Moses, here, was in the business of comforting God’s people, in a hard place by showing them their personal interest in the everlasting God.
After men have had their say, God must have the final word. Chapters 38 – 42 contain God’s conversation with Job as an individual. God must have the final say. Our thoughts and ideas must be subservient to the thinking of the Almighty. We need an ear for His voice. When God speaks our sins are uncovered and our wrongs are put to right.
Every Christian will identify with the roller coaster of emotion that Job was hurtling along, even though our experience may not be as severe. There are the lows and the highs. Naturally we look around and we cannot see good but yet we know our Father has planned all things and that they will work out for His glory and our good.
God has brought us to an extreme situation, that is so unlikely, it feels like the uttermost ends of the earth. God will carry the burden.
Let us look at the children of our homes and our society. What kind of a future do we want for them? After the Coronavirus clears – what will the world look like? We must earnestly seek God, that he would intervene in grace, that in wrath He would remember to be gracious because where sin abounds grace doth much more abound.
“These Gospels which, as to size, are mere pamphlets, are the most precious writings in all the world…They are the heart of Divine revelation, because they are the record of the manifestation of God on earth, in the Person of His Son, for the purpose of redemption” (Graham Scroggie)
Haggai was called to a good and godly remnant who as a result of discouragement had lost a sense of priority. This same problem has afflicted Christians in every age. We lose our determination and zeal. We become focused on careers, homes and all the other trappings of a materialistic society. We no longer have the interest in the Lord’s Work that once we had. This is not apostasy but a lukewarmness that overtakes the body of the Church. To such a people Haggai was called.
On leaving the fellowship and the peace of the Palace Beautiful, the pilgrim’s path now led Christian down a steep slope into a landscape dominated by two difficult and treacherous places named The Valley of Humiliation and The Valley of the Shadow of Death.