Friday, December 15, 2017
Haggai 1:4-6, 14
The words God spoke through Haggai are a reminder of the difference between what we give or commit to God and what we think we can keep or preserve for ourselves. The people of Israel who had been in exile in Babylon were allowed to return to their homeland by the king. He let them return to their homeland to rebuild their temple.
When they go the place of worship was in ruins and they sought to rebuild it. However, when they got there the people were more concerned with re-establishing their lives and homes in the land while God’s house lies in ruins. They were allowed to come back because of God’s working through a foreign king. The challenge was to consider their ways. “Sown much, harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them in bags with holes.”
We can all labor hard, but it can never match the provisions God can give. What we do for God is the lasting. He is the giver of all good things. We can never out give God. Can we give our best to honor him?