The Lord spoke through Haggai to bring His people out of complacency and into His fullness. First, He had to reveal to the leaders what they were not hearing. The people were saying that it was not time, but God was saying it was time.
Four times the Lord told them to consider. Consider means to ponder, or think about something, and to mull it over in your mind. Haggai 1:5 says, “Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways!” He highlighted their lack: they sowed much but brought in little, they ate but did not have enough, they drank but were not filled, they clothed themselves but were not warm, and they earned wages, but they put it in a bag with holes.
Verse 9-11 revealed the consequences of their complacency. Verse 9 says, “…Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.” It was the Lord who withheld from them. The Lord used Haggai’s word to stir up the people. Verse 12 says that they obeyed the voice of the Lord and feared His presence. It was the Lord who stirred them up to do the work. The Hebrew word for stirred means: to arouse, awaken, excite, raise up, to incite, to open one’s eyes. I believe the Lord is using our present national circumstances to STIR up His people.
Haggai 2:5-6 says, “…so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear! For thus says the Lord of hosts: Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and the dry land.” Why did He do that? Verse 7 says, “And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory, says the Lord of hosts.”
Verse 17 says that He was the One who struck them with lack because they did not turn to Him. Verse 19 is a very probing question which says, “Is the seed still in the barn?…” This is the time for world evangelism, that a mighty harvest will be brought into His Kingdom. Do not be complacent. We must cry out together; united in prayer for worldwide revival.
14 times Haggai used the words, ‘the Lord of hosts’ to express who was speaking to them. Hosts have several meanings. One is the armies of Israel. It reminded me of Joshua 5:13-14. Joshua asked the Man, “…Are You for us or for our adversaries? So He said, No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord…” We have One Commander. We are in a holy season. Let us walk in humility so we have the grace we need to fight on our knees!