“on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.”
You are probably saying, Carl, what in the world can you get out of this verse? Let me start by saying that there are a couple of dates that are important to me. My birthdate is important – November 18. My wedding date – December 7. My children’s birthdates – June 11 and December 12. And most importantly, my spiritual birthdate – July 31, 1977. I remember those dates. I have them marked on my calendar.
For some reason, the Lord inspired Haggai to mark down this date of the 24th day of the 6th month. Why? I think he wanted us to realize something. If you look back at Haggai 1:1, you will see Haggai delivered God’s message on the first day of the sixth month. Now we are on the 24th day. Why did it take them 23 days to obey God’s command? Hmmm? Over three weeks had elapsed. But when they did obey, Haggai marked it down. Finally! Let’s celebrate this day.
Okay, before you judge the Israelites for waiting three weeks to obey, let me ask you something. How long have you been waiting to obey something the Lord has clearly told you to do? We all do that. We hear the Lord speak through His Word or in our prayer time or in a message we hear at church. We know God is speaking, and we still put off obeying. Yes, we have all done that. The Israelites mulled this decision over in their minds for three weeks.
Let me ask you another question. What dates in your life have you marked as milestones? What dates impacted your life? They might be dates that I mentioned earlier – birthdates, marriage dates, maybe even the date someone died. Whatever the dates you have down, ask the Lord how you should remember them. Ask the Lord to show you the importance in His eyes. He sees time differently than we do.
It is so important to remember that. God sees the past, present and future all at once. Time has no meaning to Him. He is eternal, and He sees things eternally. What we think is an important date may mean nothing eternally. There is one date that is still unknown but it the most important date – the date of His Son’s return. That date is only known to the Father. One day that date will occur. Are you ready for it?
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad in it.