As the Word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai, having returned from exile, the Jews had not yet begun to rebuild God’s temple. God sent his prophet to point out the people’s selfish ways and inward focus, reminding them of his displeasure with their disobedience. Surely God would not prosper their homes as the house of God lay in ruins. And so, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month during the reign of Darius, the people worked on the house of God.
Soon, Christmas will be upon us. Even as the holy day approaches, Christians the world over find themselves caught up in worldly traditions. While celebration and making merry are often the order of the day, we cannot forget to tend to the house of God.
Advent worship prepares Christians for faithful celebration. Christmas reminds us of God’s love for his people. In faith, we give thanks for the redemption that comes by way of the babe born in Bethlehem. So as we look to the twenty-fourth day of the twelfth month, we tend to the house of God, giving thanks and praise to the one who was, who is and who is to come; Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer: We worship you and praise you O God, for your mercy endures forever. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.