‘You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.
The heart of the people is expressed well in this verse, they looked for much (for themselves) and they brought it home rather than giving consideration elsewhere. The problem is not that they had these thoughts, the problem is that they remained in these thoughts. They gave no consideration to the things of God, they made it about them alone. I recently had a visit to a home church I was invited to, and the pastor preached on the Tabernacle and spoke this same message, ‘It’s all about us. Look in any book of the Bible and you’ll see it’s about us’, he said. What lies are being preached in the pulpit today? What deceptive theology are you entertaining?
I used to find it difficult to read the detailed descriptions of the Tabernacle and all that was constructed alongside it. The Bible goes into extensive detail on how it was to be crafted, what materials would be used, and the dimensions and proper use. I think of these details whenever I hear someone say that ‘God doesn’t care about the building’.
The tabernacle was constructed with such intricate details and instructions because it was to be the dwelling place of God among His people, and He is worthy and deserving of the best we have. If the building was unimportant, why all the effort to make it so beautiful? People say the building doesn’t matter because they are selfish, they see their hard-earned money as wasted when it’s poured into the church rather than into their own homes. They desire much for themselves and it pains them to give it away, and rather than admitting that they themselves are greedy and selfish, they throw the blame at the ministers of God.
In Haggai 1:6-7, the Lord tells the people that they lack what they need because they were refusing to build the temple and make the worship of the Lord a priority. Money was being spent to build their own houses, but nothing was being done to build the Lord’s house. He was purposely frustrating the work of the people; He consumed their produce rather than multiplying it and drained their finances rather than blessing it. The Lord’s house lay in ruin because each person was tending to their own home and disregarding what belonged to God. To say God does not care about His own house is a deceptive lie, and those who obey His truths will reap blessing through obedience. Are you truly seeking God and His righteousness first?
But SEEK FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.