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Haggai 2:9 “‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”

 ONLY ONE WAY THAT IS POSSIBLE

 In the days of Haggai, he was prophesying about the temple.  The people had neglected the House of God, so the Lord sent Haggai to remind them of a few things.  Their suffering and hard times were because they had failed to follow Him and worship Him. Haggai brought this message to the people and said, “Rebuild.”

However, many of them saw the rebuilt temple as inferior to the original.  This verse today may have been heard and interpreted as referring the physical temple, but it meant so much more.  Jesus would come, the very Son of God, and fulfill this prophecy.  He, indeed, was far more glorious than the temple. He was and is the very essence of God. He was the walking temple of God.

TEACHING MOMENT

 When your little Elrod is having a bad day, you may say to him, “It’s gonna be okay.”  That’s the meaning of the title of this blog (IGBOK).  You may have seen those bumper stickers around. Let me just say, however, that is not true.  Unless…you know Jesus.  Just as Jesus’ presence on earth brought salvation to mankind and “made things better,” when we know Him as our personal Lord and Savior, we have the hope of eternity.

Teaching our children real hope is so important.  I am not talking about hoping for something tangible. I am talking about hope in Christ, hope in eternity, hope in a life filled with the joy of Christ.  When those things are present through Christ, IGBOK!

When you see one of those stickers, pray for that person who is driving that car that they truly know how to be okay. Pray that they will come to Christ. Pray they will not let the circumstances of this world dictate their joy.  It never will produce that.

Thank You, Lord, that it is going to be okay.  Thank You for reassuring me through Jesus. Thank You for the promises in Your Word.

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