Princess Deborah and the Princess sat down at the table with the King. Wanting to rebuild their lives according to His will, they asked Him what to do.
He began; “Consider your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” Haggai 1:5.
It was true. They looked at each other, their smiles a grimace.
The King continued; This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Consider your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.” Haggai 7:9.
It was the truth. They had both chosen men who were not after the King’s heart, building homes and families that did not include Him. The King asked them “Now do you now realise who I am, and what I wanted for you all along?”
“Yes, Lord. You, our Father, wanted the best, yet not understanding, we went our own way, and got the worst” the Princesses replied remorsefully.
“Woe to the obstinate children,”
Declares the Lord,
“To those who carry out plans that are not mine,
Forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit,
Heaping sin upon sin;
Who go down to Egypt
Without consulting me;
who look to Pharaoh’s protection,
To Egypt’s shade for refuge. Isaiah 30:1-2
The Princesses bowed before the King, grateful for His guidance. With hope in their hearts for the future of themselves, their children and their homes, they began work on the rebuild of their lives. They started laying the foundation. Digging deep, they said;
“We are laying in Zion a foundation that is firm and strong.
In it we are putting a solid cornerstone on which are written the words, ‘Faith that is firm is also patient.’
Justice will be the measuring line for the foundation,
And honesty will be its plumb line.” Isaiah 28:16
The King then blessed them and directed them to rebuild, using this word;
“Now go up into the hills, get lumber, and rebuild the temple; then I will be pleased and will be worshipped as I should be.” Haggai 1:8
The Princess was free to get to work, for she was alone and no one was going to oppose her. Princess Deborah was another story, for her second husband was firmly in control at that house. He would become angry and abusive when that control was challenged. Princess Deborah was always trying to pacify him. She could expect fierce opposition in her home. They asked the Lord what to do.
The King warned them not to get defensive, not to attempt to justify or defend themselves when under attack. Do not go down to his level” He said.
He drew their attention (Word for Today 24/10/96) to Nehemiah who removed the rubbish, rebuilt the walls, restored the temple, and brought revival to the nation. In the midst of it, his enemies tried to intimidate him. They were willing to go to any lengths to get him to stop building that wall. But he refused. He was up in the hills getting lumber. The message he sent back to them was; “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.” Nehemiah 6:3