Consider Your Ways

“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” 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 1:4-7)

This frustrating lifestyle is often felt among Christians who are in the midst of life’s greatest tests. You see, I believe in the God of supernatural provision… the God who calls Himself “Jehovah-Jireh!” (Gen. 22:14); which means “the-LORD-will-provide”. I have seen it in my life and have no doubt that God tests me often to make sure I focus on His provision rather than any human reasoning or manipulation.

Here we can clearly see the Jewish Prophet Haggai, challenging people to consider their ways and their harvest, in order to evaluate the issues they are puzzled about, when it comes to provision. Why were they consistently overwhelmed and living in lack? Well, its like the Apostle Paul tells us… “do not be deceived, what you sow, you shall also reap” (Gal. 6:7). When a professing believer never seems to have enough and his money bag seems filled with holes, it is time for him to consider his ways before the Lord, because something is not adding up!

After all, our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and is well able to supply all our needs. In context, Haggai is rebuking the people of Judah for tending to their own welfare and neglecting the work of God. “Is it time for you, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this house [the unfinished temple in Jerusalem] to lie waste [broken down and forgotten]” (Hag. 1:4). It might be helpful to understand that the Temple was the place that housed the Glory of God. It was a special place designed by God to meet with His people and fellowship among them for their good.

The Eternal Principle:

We need to recognize the zeal of the Father’s heart is for fellowship… not just a get together; but a spiritual experience that leads to knowing His heart. Jesus said, “Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of things” like food and drink and clothing. But, He also calls us to “seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:32-33). In the midst of the directive is a promise! If these necessities of life are not being provided, we urgently need to consider our ways. Are God’s Kingdom and His righteousness really our first concern?

Accessing Promise:

We often quote the wonderful promise, “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). But we must remember that this promise was given to a group of Macedonian Christians whose “deep poverty [was not a hindering mindset] abounded in the riches of their liberality” [their giving], because “they first gave themselves to the Lord” (2 Cor. 8:2-5). That is how the Glory Realm is accessed and our needs are met in Christ… surrender and obedience to the Father’s heart.

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