Why is a question we often ask God when we don’t understand our struggles. We know he allows everything for a purpose. We often don’t know the purpose.
In a beautifully written and illustrated Bible study, Emily Saxe dives into the book of Haggai. Mundane Obedience is a three-week study. And that makes the dive deep because Haggai is only two chapters, 37 verses in all.
Emily takes you on a couple of short side trips into Ezra, Zechariah, and Matthew as well to deepen your understanding of the chunk of history that we find in Haggai.
The Hebrews had rebuilt the temple’s foundation. But during Haggai’s time, they walked past the groundwork as they enjoyed their own nice homes.
Yet they struggled. Their crops were bad. They worked harder than they ever had. But “when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away,” God told them through the prophet.
The Israelites had a bad habit of not following the directions that came through the prophets, but this time was different.
They followed through–even in the face of discouraging circumstances. They worked and saw God work and provide. And they heard the promise of greater glory coming to the temple.
We often forget God’s glory as we grind out tasks that seem endless and pointless. But Emily, and the Holy Spirit through Haggai, reminds us that no act of obedience is pointless.
“I love remembering God doesn’t care so much about the big, lofty acts of obedience. It’s not about how much we serve in church, how many mission trips we’ve gone on, how much money we place in the offering. God cares about any and all acts of obedience done with a heart set on showering Him with love, adoration and respect. Even the small moments of obedience. Even the stuck-in-routine moments. He sees each moment of genuine obedience and receives them all
This Bible study requires small amounts of time for five weekdays over three weeks. The study is deep but not time-intensive.
And it just may help you see where God has been blowing away your harvest. And in so seeing, you may recover a crop of his glory in your life.
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