Haggai 1 records the LORD’s message to the people who had return from Babylon to Jerusalem. Although they had finished the foundation of the Temple in 536 BC they had not continued to work on completing the Temple. Instead, they had become self centered and focused on their own concerns, not those of the LORD. Now 16 years later in 520 BC the LORD speaks through Haggai and calls the people to obey HIS Word and get back to the work of the Temple. The people obeyed and the Temple was completed in just 4 years in 516 BC. It is a constant battle to not become distracted by the things of this world and place those things as priorities over the LORD and HIS work. LORD, by Your grace empower me to always put You and Your work of taking the Gospel to the world before all else.
– Bryan McKenzie