GIVE CAREFUL THOUGHT TO YOUR WAYS
Haggai 1v5-6: Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little …..”
There is a wide ranging background to these verses and indeed to the prophecy of Haggai in general. Suffice to say that the people of God had put their own desires and comfort first, raising their own importance above that of the things of God.
The temple foundations had been laid but little else had been built. The worship of God took second place in the nation’s life. They had succumbed to discouragement, lethargy and procrastination. There were many historical reasons for this but circumstances rarely fully justify allowing the things of God to take second or even lower place in daily life.
We can find many excuses but under the searching light of God’s gaze, there can be few real reasons to procratinate in spiritual matters. Oh yes, He does know and understand our weaknesses, hindrances, mental, emotional, health and physical problems. Of course, He does not require from us any more than we’re capable of giving; He does make allowance for all these real difficulties that beset us. However, He will not tolerate becoming second in line, for to put God in less that top priority position is sin – whether it’s knowingly, carelessly or unwittingly.
For the people of Haggai’s time, this disobedience brought times of hardship and loss; rebuke and judgement.
Having written these words I cannot fail to look at my walk and relationship with the Lord. Does the book of Haggai speak something into my life and spiritual relationship? Am I guilty in various ways of procrastination or relegation concerning all things relating to God’s call on my life and my time?
Obviously we’re all different, our callings are different, and our circumstances are very different. But the challenge remains to every one of us:- Give careful thought to your ways.
Is anyone feeling they’re in a spiritual desert, low in spirit, floundering or lost? Maybe we can consider our ways afresh. Is our service to God, however insignificant it may seem, lacking in enthusiasm? Have we put things on the back-burner for some time later?
Please read chapter 1v12-15 and pray that the Lord will stir up our flagging spirits into new determination, enthusiasm and action; let’s begin anew to rediscover the greater blessings and the security of a closer walk with God.