I had a conversation with my sister last week. I’ve been home sick for several weeks now and I’ve been busying myself with reading my bible and bible study. She told me to stop reading my bible and find something else to do. She felt that I was becoming obsessed. I thought to myself, am I becoming obsessed? As I pondered this in my heart, I prayed and was led by the Holy Spirit to the book of Haggai. It’s a good thing I did because I ran across these scriptures.
You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Haggai 1:6, 9
The scripture is telling us the reason why we lack. We work and work and work and sometimes it seems like we have nothing to show for it. Do you ever feel that way? God is telling us here that we are more concerned with our own lives than with Him, and His will, and as a result we are never satisfied. All the plotting and planning we do comes to nothing! We have to give reverence to God, his church, and his work. When we neglect these things, God removes his favor from us and we have to work hard for everything, Matthew 6:33 says – Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. What are these things you say?? All of the things we are working for: a nice home, food to eat, clothes to wear, good jobs, and security to name a few. When we seek God, he will make sure we have all we need to survive.
So, if someone says you go to church too much or all you talk about is God, just shake your head and tell them about Matthew 6:33. We are blessed when we put God first in our lives and are obedient to him. We are here to serve Him and glorify his name.
I don’t know about you today, but I want to open the door to God’s best for me. I want to be blessed coming in and blessed going out. I want everything I touch to be blessed. In order to secure that, I’m making God a priority in my life. Be blessed friends.
**Haggai was written after the Jews returned home from captivity in Babylon. Although there was a royal decree that they could rebuild the temple of God, the people faced heavy opposition and the work soon stopped. The adversary is always on the prowl. He roams the earth seeking who he might devour. The lesson to be learned is that we must continue the work that we’ve been commissioned by God to do even in the face of adversity. God told the people that he was with them, his spirit was abiding in their midst, do not fear…and the same is true today.