God’s Word for Today: Ruin
Haggai 1:9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
We once again are blessed with a 4 year (will be 5 on Monday) staying with us. The first time he came to stay, I noticed that he had absolutely no toys to play with. A 4-year-old has to have toys. It is the law. No arguments. Toys are a necessity of life. Especially if said little boy has only one gear, and that gear is overdrive.
So, I asked his cousin (10 years old) if he had some old toys no longer played with, that he could donate to the cause. Pretty soon, we had a truck, and I believe a tractor or something. Not Tonka brand. More like Taiwan type 100% plastic. But, they were toys, and they were a good start.
Within 1 day, maybe 2, both toys were almost unrecognizable. They laid in ruin. I am not talking just a flat tire. I am talking bits and pieces. Yes, cheap plastic, but still no reason to be completely dismantled and laid to waste. No repairs possible. Complete trash. Time to discard. It was also time to discover the source of such destruction.
I came to realize that he has been blessed with a never ending imagination. Toys at first were entertaining. But, once they served their purpose, they became boring. What do you do when you are bored? You either go find something else, something different, or maybe something new. Or, you destroy what is in front of you. Our little boy did actually try to find something else to entertain himself, but the total destruction of his toys was rather quite fun. His imagination could run wild. No anger involved. Also, no thought to the after effects to laying his toys in ruin. We are working on this matter. He is starting to grasp the idea of taking care of his things.
God talks about His house being laid in ruin. We are so busy with everything going on in our house, we forget about God’s. That little sentence is quite familiar. But, let’s go one step further.
This Scripture is talking about the Holy Spirit that is, or can be, a part of each and every one of us. It is a wonderful and fantastic thing to possess. It is a gift from God given to us through Christ Jesus. It is like our little boy’s toy that was needed to fulfill his life.
Somehow, we find a way to lay God’s gift, in ruin. Not necessarily for any one particular reason. Sure, we could blame it on anger issues, or outside forces, or ignorance, or upbringing. When it comes down to it, we get bored, and turn to the world to find something more entertaining and more meaningful. To heck with the consequences, we want what we desire. Tough outlook, but true. Been there, done that. More than once, I am sad to say. Oh the blessings in my life that I have ruined.
Today, know one thing. You may have laid God’s house in ruin, but Jesus has provided the Master plan to repair God’s house in your life. Yes, it might take time. Yes, it is going to take some work. Yes, there are going to be scars. God’s house, in your life, will never ever be in a permanent state of disrepair. You will always have a chance to renew His home, in you…………
Prayer: Dearest Lord, provider of you House in me. I thank you for you Holy Spirit as a Rule and Guide for my Life. Forgive me for the times I have laid your House in ruin. I don’t mean to Lord. And, I know I can never blame it on anyone else. Today Lord, help me to rebuild what I have destroyed. Help me to have your house as my priority. In Jesus’, the carpenter who provided the source for your House, name I pray. Amen and amen.