As we continue our journey through the most known unknown characters of the bible we come to Haggai. Haggai had four messages that are specifically dated to the year 520 BC, the second year of the reign of the Persian king Darius. His primary focus was to rebuild the temple as his audience was the post-exilic Judeans. Haggai is one of my favorites books of the Bible because it serves as a wakeup call to all believers.
Haggai teaches us an important life lesson and that is to get our priorities in order. Haggai was referring to the spiritual condition of the people of his day. They would use the best of their resources for themselves and gave Yahweh the leftovers sound familiar? Haggai issued a strong warning that if the people didn't change their priorities then the economic depletion and depression would continue. Could the trouble you are facing be a result of misplace priorities? When was the last time you examined yourself to see if you were in the faith? Misplace priorities is a very dangerous thing especially when those priorities move you away from Yahweh.
Temple represented the visual symbol of God's dwelling place on the earth and by not rebuilding the temple the people were saying that they were indifferent about God presence in their lives. I don't know about you but I am in agreement with the Psalmist who said as the deer panteh by the water brook so does my soul long for thee O God (paraphrase).
Scripture Reference: Book of Haggai