“And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,” says the Lord of hosts. Haggai 2:7
My absolute favorite Christmas carol is O, Holy Night. The words just move me. They speak to me and evoke a sense of awe, gratitude, and joy.
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees…”
The Desire of All Nations is humanity’s answer to the pining of the soul for value and worth. Without Him, we are nothing. We are hopelessly lost until we encounter the One our soul was made to love and adore.
Whether anyone wants to admit it, each soul is designed to pine after Jesus, and until that desire is met in Him, all other pursuits are empty vanity. But when the soul drinks in the Living Water of Jesus, then all of life bursts forth with hope and anxious expectation. The only response of a soul united with its Desire is to fall on its knees in extravagant worship.
The joining of the soul’s desire with the Desire of All Nations is glorious.
The foreshadowing we see in the prophecies of Haggai are staggering when viewed through the finished work of the cross! Haggai prophesied His words to a people who were commissioned to rebuild the ruined temple of the Lord in Israel. These people had been taken captive by a foreign nation because of their rebellion against God.
God warned them. He yearned for them to repent. But they refused. The only way He could get their attention was to let them experience captivity. Then He declared an end to their warfare, and He began the restoration process.
Oh, dear ones! Do you see the parallels to your life?
You are commissioned to build the temple of God. You ARE the temple of God. Yet did you rebel against God? Did you become a slave to sin? Did you refuse to repent? Yes! You did. I did. Humanity failed. But God rescued, He delivered, and He restored. All for His glory.
And since the Desire of All Nations stooped down from His high place of rulership and became one of us, He made the way for us to receive the ultimate desire of our heart: relationship and union with Him.
This relationship fulfills the prophetic words of Haggai in that we become the literal temple of the Holy Spirit. By His cleansing and His work in us, the temple is rebuilt and restored. And there is glory.
Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote:
“You are God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Today I pray you will have a momentous revelation of God’s love for you. Look at the strides He took to win your soul. Look what He provided. Look at what He prophesied and then fulfilled.
Your soul was weary, yearning for significance and then it encountered its deepest Desire. Rest assured that He will never let you go and you were made for glory – His glory. You and Him forever. Amen.