Devotionals by Ron Moore

September 22, 2017

Unfinished Work

Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?"   Haggai 1:3-4

When you drive through the neighborhoods in the rural towns of Panama, you'll see many unfinished houses. People with little means build only when the resources become available. Many houses are half finished with families crowded into the "completed" quarters. Other structures have been started and then abandoned. The neighborhoods are a picture of great intentions but unfinished work. That's what is going on in the book of Haggai.

In 538 B.C., Cyrus, the king of Persia, allowed 50,000 Jews to return to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the temple. Led by Zerubbabel, the foundation of the temple was completed in about two years. But opposition arose (surprise!) and the Jews shut down the work. It remained on hold for the next 18 years! In 520 B.C., God sent Haggai and Zechariah to arouse the people from their fear and lethargy.

Are there incomplete spiritual structures in your life? Any great intentions but unfinished work? When God wanted the temple to be rebuilt, He was not satisfied with just the foundation. When God wants you to do great things for Him, He is not satisfied with a good start but no follow-through. Get up and get to work. Finish the task God has called you to! The ball is in your court. Or should I say, the pick and shovel are in your hands.

Father, don't let us be satisfied with unfinished work. Arouse our hearts to finish everything that You have called us to do. Don't let us live with excuses. Help us complete the task for Your honor and Your glory. In Christ's name. Amen.

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Ron Moore serves as president and Bible teacher at Back to the Bible. For the past twenty-five years, Ron has served as Sr. Pastor of The Bible Chapel, a multi-site church with 4,000 people meeting throughout the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Before joining Back to the Bible, Ron's teaching was heard each weekday on a national program called, The Journey. Ron earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary where his doctoral work focused on Marriage Enrichment. He also holds a Master's degree in Education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Ron has written several books including: Journey through the Bible, Journey through the Psalms, Journey through the Gospels and Ignite. Ron and his wife Lori have four children and one grandchild.

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