Procrastination - it was a problem for the golah, the Jews who had returned from Babylon, and it continues to be a problem for God's people today. After completing the foundation of the temple, we read, "Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make tham afraid to go on building. They bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia" (Ezra 4:4-5).
The people became discouraged and this discouragement led to procrastination. For some 16 years all work stopped. Then the Lord spoke: "This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'These people say, "The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house"'" (Haggai 1:2). Note, they didn't say that the work was unimportant, but rather that it wasn't the "right time" to do it. They procrastinated. Instead, they found other things to do, like work on their own houses.
Today people say things like, "As soon as we get the yard in, then we'll get back to church." Or, "After the kids graduate, then we'll make it to Bible study." This all sounds reasonable, but how does the Lord respond? He says, "Give careful thought to 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 1:5b-6).
What exactly is wrong? The Lord is describing a life devoid of blessing. Whenever we put our priorities above God's priorities, we cut ourselves off from God's blessing. Add procrastination and you have a recipe for years without blessing. So what is the solution? Repentance. "Lord, forgive me. I have been living for myself and not for your kingdom." Stop procrastinating and begin to apply Matthew 6:33 and you will find the joy and blessing that departed from your life. Our God is a God of joy and blessing. Experience it today!