Tuesday, October 31, 2000

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."
Haggai 1:5-6

I came across this scripture this morning and I think it is fascinating.  Just the first verse would have been cool by itself... consider your ways.  A good thought, and something that it is good to do from time to time.  But then God jogs our memories a little further... think about it.  What are we building, what are we living for?  God is trying to convince these people to build a temple, but they keep running around, so worried about their houses that they don't have any time to build one for him.  So, he says... think about it.  What is going to make a difference here?  You running around in circles, not getting anything done, or you listening to me? :)  I think that we have the same dilemma in our lives.  And not that our lives are pointless... there are families to raise and people to love, and friends to make happy.  there are always really good things to do... but God still says the same thing.  Consider your ways.  Are they making you happy?  Are you building something that will last?  Think about it.  And, if not... whenever you realize it... come unto me, and I will give you something to build that will last forever.  Something that matters, something that will add some meaning to your life.  God will satisfy all those needs for us, if we let him... we will sow, and reap in abundance.  Eat, and have more than enough.  Drink, and become filled to overflowing.  God will make us warm, God will offer us abundance.  We need God in our lives.  He's the one that can fill the gaps.

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