GO DEEPERVerses to read:• Ezra 3:8–13• John 1:14• Ephesians 2:11–22• Hebrews 12:25–29• Revelation 21:22–27Some of the people had a hard time with comparing what the new temple would be with what the old temple had been. Comparing and looking back became a burden for them. What are some areas of your life that you compare to others? Is there anything in your life that you look back and long for what was different then to what it is now? The Lord encouraged the people in Haggai 2:4–9 in how to respond in the comparison. What steps can you take this week to “be strong” and “not fear” in the face of these comparisons in your own life?The work the Lord had given the people was to build the temple. The work the Lord has given us is to make disciples (Matthew 28:19–20). What are the things you need to start doing that will help you focus on the work of making disciples? What role does fear play in keeping you from making disciples? Spend time expressing your fear to the Lord and seeking Him for the courage to get busy doing the work He has created you to do and to flourish in.When the people chose to neglect the building of the temple, they were expressing neglect for the Lord. In Haggai 2 the Lord reminds the people of the result of following their own desires and not pursuing the Lord. He had brought about circumstances to help them recognize their need to depend on the Lord and yet they did not return to Him (Haggai 2:14–19). Take some time to seek the Lord about the circumstances in your life and examine how the Lord is using them to draw you to Himself.If you have questions or need prayer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.