“Timing is everything!” It’s a common phrase I have heard for a long time. I have heard people say things like, “I am waiting on God’s timing to do this or that,” but sometimes our timing is drenched in procrastination, doubt and fear.

Even God inquired in Haggai 1:2-5, “Why is everyone saying it is not the right time for rebuilding my Temple? asks the Lord. His reply to them is this: Is it then the right time for you to live in luxurious homes, when the Temple lies in ruins? Look at the result.” (Living Bible Translation)

Yes, let’s pause and look at their results. They planted much, but harvested little. They worked hard, but earned barely enough to put food on the table. After paying the bills, there wasn’t enough left over to buy decent clothes for their children.

Their needs for the “right now” consumed them. They had survival-eyes instead of God-eyes. Survival-eyes look at the immediate needs. God-eyes look at God’s purpose and vision. Survival-eyes put you first. God-eyes put His mission first. Since their vision was near-sighted, their self-preservation was too and the Temple laid in ruin.

Why was life so hard for them? Why did they work so hard, but gained so little? This is God’s answer to the “Why” question.

Haggai 1:9-10, “Because my Temple lies in ruins, and you don’t care. Your only concern is your own fine homes. That is why I am holding back the rains from heaven and giving you such scant crops.”

Their lack was their own fault. They were the roadblock to their own success. But when they repented, things changed in a mighty way. God was with them and gave them the desire to finish the temple.

Haggai 1:12-13: “…and the few people remaining in the land obeyed Haggai’s message from the Lord their God; they began to worship him in earnest. Then the Lord told them (again sending the message through Haggai, his messenger), I am with you; I will bless you.”

Consider your current ways. Many of us have lived comfortably, storing away for a rainy day, while some of us live day-to-day. Several have accomplished the heights of their dreams or careers while so many still are left behind.

Some have gained wisdom and confidence but failed to share their knowledge to those who need it. Ask yourself this: what do you really care about? Make a list and be honest. Place a check beside everything that concerns God and a question mark by everything that concerns you. Now, do your best to remove the roadblock (You) and receive his blessings.

— Brenette Wilder of Lee’s Summit, Mo., (formerly of Altheimer, Ark.), is president of Kansas City Teen Summit.