Job 29:4 A Longing Desire

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Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4

It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.

Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.

One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.

Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.

Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.

Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.

Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.

Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?

I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life. 

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Haggai 1:3-4 Which House Is Being Built?

Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Haggai 1:3-4

Israel had been destroyed and put into captivity because of their rejection of God. After 70 years in captivity, God made a way for them to return to their land. They had to rebuild everything, because everything had been destroyed in the takeover. The first thing that they built was their own homes, instead of focusing on building God’s house, the temple. God is now questioning their motives.

Building the house that a person lives in is important. Every person does need a place to live in. There are people in this world that focus on building that house as big and beautiful as possible. They spend many hours fixing the house to make it look just right. Thousands of dollars are spent on renovations and additions to make a house bigger and better.

While there is nothing wrong with fixing up a house or making it better, often there is too much focus on that house. The house of a person’s soul is often neglected as the physical house is being built up.

Every week people spend 40+ hours working to make money in order to build a better house. While that is happening, they only spend 2 hours, at best, on building up their spiritual house, their soul. They go to church Sunday morning and do nothing else with God.

The Israelites had to build a physical house for God. Today, you must build a spiritual one. The house of God today is your soul, your life.

Building your spiritual house for God takes time and work, just as building a physical house does. You must spend time with Jesus, your foundation. Study His Word and know how to build that house correctly. Allow the Master Carpenter, Jesus, in to show the way to build the house. He will make the correct changes in your life.

There will be some rooms that need to be removed, while others need to be added. Walls need to be moved down, while some need to be put up. The power of the Holy Spirit needs to be flowing through your house to empower everything.

Today take a look at your life. Which house are you focused on building?

Yours?

Or God’s?

I pray today that you will allow Jesus to build your life His way; that you will place your main focus on being more like Jesus; that you will build your temple for God’s glory; and that God will be welcome in your life.