January 13, 2020 – Monday
Haggai 1:5-6 NASB
5 Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways!
6 You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”
In verse five Consider your ways! is a common translation in this verse. The NASB has a note for the word Consider as it literally means Set your heart on. This fits well with David Guzik’s comment that the phrase Consider your ways is a Hebrew figure of speech which literally is “put your heart on your roads.” He then adds Haggai asks God’s people to consider what direction their life was headed, and if the really wanted it to continue that way.
You only have to read verse six once to realize the direction they were going was not a good direction. This should lead anyone reading Haggai at this point to ask if the direction their life is going is a good direction, especially the spiritual direction. After all, it was the spiritual direction of their lives God was concerned about when He said Consider your ways! or Put your heart on your roads! What road or roads have you put your heart on? Where are these ways or roads leading you? Closer to God or further away from Him?
For the Israelites having returned from exile they started out moving closer to God, but then got distracted by life – their home or homes. They started rebuilding God’s temple, but then focused only on their own homes, even going so far as to panel the interiors with wood and ignored God’s temple.
As a result God said in verses seven and eight, Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified. They obeyed and began work on the house of the Lord and eventually completed it. God is not telling His people if they had done as they should have done initially everything would have been fine. Instead He is making clear if our main concern is not God, nothing will satisfy us. There is a void in everyone that only God can fill and can only fill when we make Him the priority in our life. Accomplish all you want, gain the world, but if you have not put God first you will never be satisfied as you strive to fill that void with anything but God.
I particularly liked this verse when our Men’s Bible Study reviewed it this past Saturday as I often end my Sunday messages with the question, “What are you going to do when the rubber meets the road?” When you are outside the four walls of the church – the classroom – and you have to put what you have learned into action, “What are you going to do?” Will you Consider your ways, look at the roads your heart is on, and where it is leading you?
What are you going to do “When the rubber meets the road?” Will you choose to do what you know is right or choose to try to fill your void with anything other than God?