Sunday School Material 6-8-14: Trust God's Promises

(Haggai 1:12-15; 2:1-9; 6/8/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that the people obeyed God’s voice to work on rebuilding the Temple. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to hear God’s voice and continue to work on His will for our lives.

Body:

Read Haggai 1:12-15

I. Building a Temple. We see in our Sunday School material that the people began to obey the voice of the Lord. They feared the Lord. Their fear and obedience led to them rebuilding the house of the Lord.

Applications -

- God’s use of people. Notice in vss. 12, 14, and other passages that God uses the Governor, High Priest, Prophet, and remnant of the people. It would be a serious mistake to think that God only uses Preachers and Deacons.

The whole world belongs to God, including the civil government and all of humanity. We should be open to God moving through whomever He chooses to use.

We should strive to use our political might to put godly people in positions of influence. Let’s work on being open to God’s using whomever He chooses.

- Hearing and obeying God. Notice in vss. 12, 14 of our Sunday School material that the people finally obeyed the voice of the Lord that was presented through the Prophet Haggai. First, God still speaks through His word and people.

Second, we should make sure we are still listening and obeying God’s will for our lives. Think about how so much of the blowing away and draught mentioned in Haggai could have been avoided, if God’s people would have simply heard and obeyed God’s will.

In like manner, we can avoid so much stress, by just hearing and obeying God’s will, now. Let’s work on hearing and obeying God’s will for our lives. The greatest measure of having our spirits stirred up is that we obey God’s will.

- God with us. Notice in vs. 13 that the Lord declared that He was with His people. Thank God that when God is with us, we have someone who can handle whatever we run into, as we strive to do His will.

“God with us” means that we have someone who can and will help us with mean people, financial challenges, and even our health concerns. We should be thankful that God is still with us today, especially in God the Holy Spirit.

Let’s live like we are thankful for God being with us. This kind of living should include joy, confidence, and obedience.

Read Haggai 2:1-9

II. Blessing a Temple. God sends a word through Haggai. The word is concerned with how the house being built is smaller and less glamorous than the first.

However, God will bless the house with glory and peace. The “greater glory” of the Sunday School material may be a reference to Jesus entering the Temple in question.

Applications -

- The presence of God and buildings. Notice in vss. 3-5, 7, and 9 that God’s presence is more important than the size or glamor of the building. 

A big beautiful building without God’s presence is a much worse situation than having a smaller and less attractive building that features the presence of God. Let’s make sure we put more focus on God than on buildings.

The point of the application is not to ignore the importance of using what we have to make the Lord’s house look like the Lord’s house. The point is to make sure we don’t ignore the fact that we can have great buildings that God is not pleased with.

- God the promise keeper and our fear. Notice in vs. 5 of our Sunday School material that God is a promise keeper who calls us to move from fear to faith. First, we should thank God that He keeps His promises. He promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience.

Second, if it were not for God, we would have so much to be afraid of. But with God, we can overcome our fear with faith in God. The true measure of our faith is what we do, not simply what we say.

Let’s work on living like God is a promise keeper who can be trusted. Obedience and joy should be evident in this kind of living.

Conclusion: Let’s work on hearing God’s voice and continuing to work on His will for our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.

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