Do you think that like the Jews in Haggai’s day, we could become disheartened when difficulties arise? If that happened, we might find it hard to maintain our zeal for preaching the good news. But what might cause us to be disheartened? Well, we might find ourselves suffering because of the injustice of this system of things. Think of Habakkuk, who asked: “How long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence?” (Hab. 1:2, Today’s English Version) In view of what some might consider a delay, a Christian could lose his sense of urgency and instead give priority to a comfortable lifestyle. Could you see that happening to you? If we followed this line of reasoning, we would be deceiving ourselves.
How vital that we heed the Scriptural counsel to ‘set our hearts upon our ways’ and ‘arouse our clear thinking faculties’! We could ask ourselves, ‘Should it surprise me that this wicked system of things has lasted longer than I expected?’