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Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Busy, Often Too Busy
DECEMBER 25, 2023
Daily Reading – Haggai / Revelation 17
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.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
Work, work, work, day after day, and it seems to get you nowhere. In today’s industrial mindset it seems that your family’s wellbeing is the last thing considered in the corporate bottom line. Most feel if you do not want to do the job, leave; others are in line to take your place, and probably for less pay. So we work extra to keep our jobs. Yet, many work long hours because of the desire to have more. More of what we really do not need, just want. More of what the neighbor has that appears to make them happy, but often does not. It is the misguided notion, “I deserve better.” At some point we must 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 are for the most part financially better off now. Better than the neighbors? When you do get more than your neighbors, you will likely move, to find new neighbors 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 did not want God’s house to be built. They just got too busy with self to think about God. Without realizing it, they had become their own gods. But, with some reminding from the Lord, it says in Haggai 1:14, their hearts were stirred for the work of the Lord, and they did so. We must never get too busy for God.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
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?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director