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Lacking Enthusiasm?
by Jenny on August 12th, 2015

"So the LORD sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God's people." Haggai 1:14

I had hoped to begin our sixth year of homeschooling two weeks ago. I like to start the school year early so that we can afford to take off extra time during the school year and still finish our work late May or early June. However, with a three month old who has regressed to waking every 2-3 hours around the clock to nurse, I feel as if I'm still in newborn survival mode. Most teachers spend a week or more preparing their classroom for the new year. My house (a.k.a. our schoolroom) lies in shambles. I want to feel excitement about another school year at home but I'm too tired to muster my enthusiasm. Thankfully, God promises to provide all I need to accomplish His Work . . . even enthusiasm for the tasks which lie ahead.

After 70 years of captivity in Babylon, a remnant of God's people returned to Jerusalem and began to rebuild the Temple. However, their efforts were easily frustrated. Worldly opposition mounted against the rebuilding of God's Temple, and God's people soon abandoned their work.

But God . . .

God saw the discouragement of His people and sent the prophet Haggai to remind the people of the significance of their task.

"You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! Why? Because My house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses." (Haggai 1:6, 9)

When God's ways grew tough, God's people gave up. Rather than rebuilding God's kingdom, God's people ditched their efforts and turned to building their own kingdom. But living for self fails to satisfy. It leave us hungry, thirsty, poor and cold.

Haggai tells us that once God's people heard his message, they began to obey God's Word.

"The whole remnant of God’s people began to obey the message from the Lord their God. When they heard the words of the prophet Haggai, whom the Lord their God had sent, the people feared the Lord." (Haggai 1:12)

But what interests me is what Haggai recorded next.

"So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people." (Haggai 1:14)

God's people lacked enthusiasm for their work--God's Work. God sent a prophet to remind His people of His Word, and God used His Word to spark the enthusiasm of His people.

I have a friend (several friends, actually) caring for aging parents. I have friends raising children with special-needs. I know many people battling life-threatening illnesses.

I have a 5th, 3rd and 1st grade year (not to mention a preschooler and an infant) lying before me.

What task has God placed before you?

Philippians 2:13 reminds us that God is working in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Proverbs 16:13 tells us to commit our actions to the Lord and our plans will succeed.

Matthew 6:33 says to seek God's Kingdom above all else, and live righteously, and He will give us everything we need.

When we lack enthusiasm for a particular task we would be wise to first evaluate whether that particular task is God-given. We should expect to run out of enthusiasm for worldly tasks. But God has promised to give us all we need to accomplish Kingdom-building tasks. Let us be like the people of Haggai's time and return to God's Word. God will then use His Word to spark our enthusiasm for the work which lies ahead.

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Joyce Morrow - August 12th, 2015 at 1:29 PM
Jenni. I hear your Heart. one of the most rewarding Challenges is to Raise Gods army up for the days ahead . and [satan] knows all to well what Gods people can do through the indwelling Holy Spirit .Remember he Jesus was called Teacher. but his challenge was to teach life's Lessons so with your Call will come equipping you for your Daughters and your Sons . with the Help of Lex . Gods Education is all about the family .and the rest will come .You have served in Africa . so you have seen what God can do . and will do . with or with out us . I always want to be involved in his calling and equipping . as I know yo do. Our Gifts and Talents are with out Repentance .Praise The Lord Jesus . I am praying for You Lex and Your Beautiful Family. Proverbs 22;6 and Psalms 27;14
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