Consider Your Ways!

Published August 30, 2018 by Ron West in Pastor's Thoughts

Consider Your Ways!
Read: Haggai 1:1-11
Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!” —Haggai 1:7
How long has it been since you read Haggai? If you’re like me, it’s been a while. Why not take a few minutes and read all 38 verses of this book. Look for the word consider. It occurs four times (1:5,7; 2:15,18). God spoke through Haggai to the Israelites who had returned from exile. He said, in effect, “Think about it. You don’t have enough to eat. Your clothes don’t keep you warm. You’re not prospering. I have commanded you to rebuild My house. When you obey, My blessing will return.”That message applies to us as well. When everything seems to be going wrong, the first step in solving our problems may be to consider our ways. Not all our troubles are of our own making. But when difficulties arise, it’s wise to consider our ways. Like the people of Haggai’s day, we may find that our disobedience is blocking God’s blessing. The way of obedience is the only way of blessing. So many problems come our way, Because down deep inside, Rebellion, envy, selfishness. Are what we try to hide.