“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Consider your ways.’” Haggai 1:7
As the first wave of Jewish exiles returned from Babylon to Jerusalem in 538 B.C., they were quickly distracted from rebuilding the temple and turned their attention to building their own houses. They built expensive “paneled” houses for themselves while the house of God was in ruins. They put themselves and their own interests first and placed the Lord second. That is why the Lord said to the people through Haggai “Consider your ways” (v.4,7). How about you? When was the last time you took inventory of your life and resources? Think through your finances. Are you serving Christ first with your money or are you serving yourself first? Consider your ways. Give God the first and best of all you have.
- Lord, you have provided everything I have ever needed. Help me to examine my life and resources to be sure I am serving you with everything I have. Help me to understand that only what you determine will last and that I should build my treasure in heaven instead of on earth.