There are many difficulties in a generation in which the Church has grown smaller and weaker. All that can be achieved seems insignificant according to a prevailing counsel of despair. Haggai ministered during such a time. The people maintained it was not the right time to rise up and build the temple due to many obstacles. They were ready to blame God's sovereignty for their own disobedience. Although the attitude is rebuked, the Lord is very patient with his people. Exhortations, promises and encouragements graciously abound in this small book and are specially directed to a weary and complacent remnant. George Hutcheson helps us meditate on and apply the rich spiritual instruction of this part of God's Word to our profit.