Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “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!”
This prophet spoke after the people began returning back to Israel from Babylonian captivity.
The land was desolate. The city was in ruins. Houses were in shambles. The capital was a disaster and the beloved Temple was unusable.
Those returning began rebuilding God’s house but after sixteen years the Temple of God still wasn’t complete.
Enter Haggai, who gave God’s message to the governor, chief priest, and the people, “Consider your ways!”
It seems everyone had time to finish rebuilding their own homes but God’s house remained in ruins.
God continued to tell them, “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.” Haggai 1:6
In other words, they were just spinning their wheels and getting nowhere!
The reason – they did not take care of God’s work first but put themselves first.
Perhaps you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and getting nowhere.
You feel like you cannot get ahead.
Are you doing God’s work first or your own?
Consider your ways.