“Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:5-6).
It would be futile to keep adding money, that you worked very hard for, into your pocket only to find out that you had holes in it and the money fell through and was lost. What about working hard but having nothing to show for it or eating but not satisfied, or drinking and not filled, or putting on clothes or a coat but not able to keep warm?
Haggai the prophet challenges God’s people to “consider your ways”. They had returned from captivity to rebuild the temple, but the people became distracted with their own lives and many years had passed and the temple was not finished. Being “busy” and not making time for God in your lives brings frustration and confusion. Distractions cause you to neglect your spiritual lives and relationship with God. You work and are busy but never satisfied. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Because they neglected the work of God to rebuild the temple, God brought curses and not blessing upon the people: “You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?’ says the Lord of hosts. ” ‘Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands’ ” (Haggai 1:9-11).
The people repented and God restored them. 2 Chronicles 7:14 still rings true today. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Let us take the time to “consider our ways.” Do not get distracted and neglect our relationship with God. Attending church regularly, reading the bible consistently and praying daily.
“Our bodies are the temple of God” according to 1 Corinthians 3:16. Since we belong to Jesus Christ, we need to totally submit and surrender to Him and his will. We should “Put on Christ”, be proactive. Do it on purpose. “ The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Romans 13:12-14
You can do it. “We are more than conquerors,” “If God be for us who can be against us.”
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…” Hebrews 12:1
We need to actively pursue our relationship with God. Matthew 6:33 is still relevant today. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…” Don’t put anything in front of Him. We may not fully understand how this works, but it works. He has been faithful in my life when I am was faithful to Him. When we submit to Him and put our efforts into His purpose it is not a waste of time but it brings contentment and true fulfillment.
We look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday. If you need prayer, please call our prayer line at (334) 382-1121 then press 1.
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Greenville, AL 36037
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