And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, ~Haggai 1:14
When someone is stirred up, he is aroused to action. He is moved from a state of inactivity to activity. He is motivated to get something done. We are highly motivated when we are stirred up. We are set on accomplishing a goal. We are filled with a burning desire for success. This morning, we read that Zerubbabel and Joshua were stirred up the Lord.
They were stirred from withdrawal.
“Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built” (Haggai 1:2). The remnant who returned had laid the foundation for the temple, but ceased working. Their attention was turned to building their own houses. In effect, all of the Jews became complacent about getting the work on God’s house finished and were more focused on their personal goals. Complacency and indifference kill the work of God. Like the church at Laodicea, complacency is when we are rich, increased with go