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.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!“
Haggai was a prophet sent by the Lord to the remnant who had returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They had been asked to rebuild the place of worship — the temple, the place of sacrifice where man could draw near to God. They had started enthusiastically enough but stopped when just the foundation had been laid. They decided the opposition and their own personal living quarters needed their attention more than place of God’s presence with them.
Haggai, in our verses, points out the folly of putting the Lord second in our lives to our own wills. It had left them short on everything they had hoped to gain. They didn’t have enough of anything and the money was disappearing as if there were holes in their pockets. Consider your ways was his cry! May we know that putting the Lord first and seeking Him first is the wisest way to live. In so doing, He will meet your every need.
Considering my ways,
Pastor Jack Abeelen