A Short Study of Haggai 1:9

“Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it.” (Haggai 1:9)

Have you found your airy dreams and cherished projects realized?

Have your ambitious projects been crowned with success?

Have you not had repeated disappointments—and have not others, who seemed inferior to you in ability or in promise, outstripped you in the race?

Your fleshly projects—your carnal hopes—your airy castles—your dreams of happiness—your romantic expectations of a little earthly paradise—have all been cruelly—as you have thought in the bitterness of your soul, disappointed—the buds dropped off just when they began to promise flower, and a blight fell upon your whole life, so that you could not reap the harvest you had been indulging anticipations of.

God will take care to lay cross after cross, and trial after trial upon His people—until He brings them to submission. O how soon He can give this sweet and heavenly grace! How, in a moment, He can pour oil upon the troubled waves! How He can break to pieces that stubborn obstinacy and rebelliousness of which the heart is full—and give submission to His will! How He can humble and bend the proud spirit—fill the heart with humility and love—enable us to kiss the rod—and to fall prostrate before His dispensations—however severe they may be to the flesh!

J.C. Philpot

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