“It’s Time”

This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Hag 1:4 ESV] 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?
It’s Christmas season and we have all been in that moment where the timer on the oven goes off and you spring into action. The loud sound of the alarm and the aroma let us know that it is time to make a move!
For the Jews that had returned it had been nearly 15 years of waiting in the rubble. They had started with great enthusiasm at the rebuilding of the temple. First came the opposition and then the distraction and soon the passion for rebuilding had gone out like an unattended fire.
Ezra chapter 5 says that God sent Haggai and Zechariah with a message. Like a timer going off they were to signal to the people that it was time to get back to rebuilding and restoring the temple. There was so much God wanted to do for His people, but they had become distracted by work, and finances, life (Hag 1:4-6).
[Hag 2:15 ESV] 15 Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the LORD, God tells them to mark the calendar. To consider from this day forward the impact that their obedience brings! God reminds them of His promises and His presence! He has so much He wants to do through them and for them.
As we prepare this weekend for Christmas and the new year, take some time to ask the Lord is there any area in my life that you are wanting to do greater work? I believe the timer of prophecy is once again going off and God is saying it is time to build His house. Let us hear the word of encouragement for ourselves, and be like Haggai and Zechariah who encouraged the people of God to respond to the promises of God!

-Pastor Caleb