Sometime in early 2005 after moving from Texas to the Washington, D.C. area, I was woken one morning and the Lord brought this passage to my mind. This passage forms part of the basis of my call into the church. I had walked outside of the church for the previous 14 years. I walked outside the organized church for 14 years by permission (even commandment) of the Lord. I did not violate the command to be in fellowship. I just didn’t regularly attend a specific church. I understood from this passage a few key things.
- It was time for me to begin attending church regularly. The Lord was wanting me to go into His house because it was in ruins. This was witnessed by another believer who called me after we had not spoken for some time. This believer told me that the Lord had shown them to contact me and tell me “It’s time for you to go to church”.
- The Lord showed me that I was not to purchase a home, but rather continue renting. This was confirmed by the Lord through my wife who the Lord also showed her that we were not to purchase a home. In other words, I wasn’t to focus on my own home but rather God’s.
I shared these same verses publicly in the congregation we attended sometime in 2013. The entire body of believers encircled the sanctuary and we prayed and shared any specific items we felt led to share. I felt led to share this passage.
Haggai 1:1–15 (LEB) — 1 In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day, the word of Yahweh came through Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, 2 “Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘This people says, “The time has not come to rebuild the temple of Yahweh.’ ” 3 And the word of Yahweh came through Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your houses that have been paneled while this house is desolate?” 5 And so then, thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘Consider your ways! 6 You have sown much but have harvested little. You have eaten without being satisfied; you have drunk without being satiated; you have worn clothes without being warm; the one who earns wages puts it in a pouch with holes.’ 7 Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘Consider your ways! 8 Go up the mountain and bring wood and build the house so that I may be pleased with it and honored,’ says Yahweh. 9 ‘You have looked for much, and look! It came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?’ declares Yahweh of hosts. ‘Because my house is desolate and you are running each to your own house! 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil, on what the soil produces, on human beings and wild animals, and on all their labor.’ ” 12 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all the remnant of the people gave heed to the voice of Yahweh their God and to the words of Haggai the prophet, as Yahweh their God had sent him, and the people feared Yahweh. 13 And Haggai the messenger of Yahweh spoke to the people with the message of Yahweh, saying, “ ‘I am with you’ declares Yahweh.” 14 And Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and did the work on the house of Yahweh of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius.