“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘This people says, ‘The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt’’” (Haggai 1:2).

That God’s house had fallen into disrepair was but another indicator of the state of disrepair that had come to characterize the life of God’s people. “Now’s not a good time” was but the defeated cry of those who failed in the development of the “long look” from an eternal perspective. Waiting until the time is right results in nothing ever getting done. Faith dares to reach forward regardless of present circumstances.

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