Haggai 1:5-6 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Work, work, work, day after day, and it seems to get you no where. In today’s industrial mindset it seems your family well being is the last thing considered in the corporate bottom line. Most feel if you don’t want to do the job, leave; hundred’s of people are in line to do your job, and probably for less pay. Sometimes a bad work environment causes this situation. Sometimes it’s our own desire to have more. More of what we really don’t need, just want. More of what the neighbor has that appears to make them happy, but doesn’t. It’s the misguided notion, “I deserve better.” At some point we have ask, better than what? Better than who? How much better does it have to get? Better than the rest of the world? In America, we’re for the most part financially better off now. Better than the neighbors? When you do get better than your current neighbors, you’ll probably move, only to find a new neighbor to compete with. When is enough, enough?
The people of Israel had been given enough. Yet, in their drive for more they had neglected God, and the House of God. Not because they hated God. Not because they didn’t want God’s house to be built. They just got too busy with self to think about God. In without realizing it, they had become their own gods. However, with some reminding of the Lord, It says in Haggai 1:14, their hearts were stirred for the work of the Lord, and they did so. Let’s never get too busy for God.
To provide a safe haven of love and security at home, we must always place God in the center of our life. In Haggai 1:5, the Lord said; “Consider your ways.” Maybe we should all do the same thing. Do we neglect God? He never neglects us.
Have we considered our ways?
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