Haggai 1: Consider Your Ways
We are now in Haggai, and it is interesting that in the first chapter the people are told to consider their ways two separate times. I want to focus on the second one.
Hag 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Hag 1:8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
Hag 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
The people were wondering why life was not going so well for them, and God was asking them to reflect on their decisions. Where were they placing their priorities?
God’s house was in ruins. Keep in mind that this was in the Old Testament, and the Temple was incredibly important if the people of Israel wanted to remain obedient to what God taught particularly in Leviticus and other places. Sacrifices were performed there among other functions.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with people fixing their own houses. Obviously, any of you who are homeowners will understand that home repairs need to happen, and humans are designed to need shelter. That is not what is being condemned here.
The problem was that the people were putting their own concerns over obedience to God, and the house of God was a necessary part of that obedience in the Old Testament. The people were putting their own priorities ahead of the priorities of God.
The Temple is not quite the same today, but the concept is obviously applicable. Where are we putting our priorities? Have we considered our own ways lately? Have we thought about what is important to us and compared that to what we know is important to God? I hope they match up, but I’m not sure that mine always do.
Maybe that will be my new goal.