Haggai reminds us that we can seek out all kinds of stuff, but ultimately none of it brings contentment. This is an important message in our culture today because people look for happiness by seeking out relationships, buying stuff, seeing their kids succeed, etc. Ultimately, true contentment can only come through the Lord. "You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house," (1:9). Back in the day when this was written, the only way for people to be made right with the Lord was through sacrifices at the temple. And since there wasn't a temple, there wasn't any way for reconciliation to take place. The people were scrambling around trying to find contentment, but it didn't come to anything because the only contentment possible is through the Lord. Are you content?
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.