“In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest: This is what the Lord Almighty says…”
The Book of Haggai is a story about how God calls His people to repentance and is with them every step of the way. When we examine the text, we see God’s amazing patience, encouragement, and willingness to bless and honor His people’s obedience. But one thing the Book of Haggai doesn’t talk about is… Haggai! Outside of his book, we know little about him!
In a world of celebrity pastors and viral Christian influencers, it is all too common for God’s messengers to eclipse God’s message. Even in our ministries, our wicked hearts are naturally bent to steal God’s glory: “I lead that person to Christ!” “Look at the size of my ministry!” “Look at all the great things we’re doing!” If there is one thing the Book of Haggai teaches us, it is that the less we are shown, the more He is seen.
Let us be like Haggai. May we speak the Word of God, drawing all eyes on Him- and not one on us. In the words of Nikolaus Zinzendorf,
“Preach the Gospel. Die, and be forgotten.”
All glory to God!