Haggai 1-2 God had sent the Israelites into captivity for their sin, but graciously God raised up Cyrus the Persian to release them and not just release them but provided them with all they would need to rebuild the Temple. He also asked them to pray for him as he leads. [Ezra 6:10] Jesus said the fields are white unto harvest; pray for workers to go into that harvest. [Luke 10:2] So pay attention! God has provided all you need to complete the work, yet, like Martha, we are busy with many things, but they are not the most important. We are busy with extracurricular activities but are we busy about the kingdom work? Just like in Haggai’s time, God calls us to pay attention and consider our ways.
Are we listening? The returning Israelites were faced with what seemed an impossible task of rebuilding the Temple as it lay dormant for over 70 yrs. They needed to trust God. How about us? Do we trust God to do what seems like an impossible task: witnessing and evangelizing? God’s “divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.” [2 Pet 1:3]