Jan Loots (27
"Daily Devotional: Consider Your Ways"
I got this from a friend.
it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this
house [of the Lord] lies in ruins? [Now therefore thus says the Lord of
hosts: Consider your ways and set your mind on what has come to you.]
You have sown much, but you have reaped little; you eat, but you do not
have enough; you drink, but you do not have your fill; you clothe
yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages has earned them
to put them in a bag with holes in it.
in Haggai 1:2, we see a group of people whom God had told eighteen
years previously to rebuild His house. They still had not been obedient
to what He had told them to do; yet they didn't understand why their
lives were in a mess. They wondered where the blessing of God was.
After reminding them of their disobedience to His instruction, the Lord
spoke to them the verses above.
Does this sound like anybody you
know? How often have you heard someone say, "I just don't understand
what's going on, God. I just don't understand." Now look at the answer
in Haggai 1:7, Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways
(your previous and present conduct) and how you have fared.
other words, if we are not satisfied with what is going on in our lives
right now, maybe we should look back and let God show us how the way we
have conducted ourselves has affected what is happening to us now. We
must be willing to change our ways if we want to receive His blessing.
If we are willing to change from the previous and present conduct
that is holding back God's blessings, we can have greater victories than what we have ever had before.