Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. – Haggai 1.6-7
The people must have been frustrated. While they ignored God’s work they were all about sowing and eating and drinking and clothing themselves and earning their wages.
But they were still hungry and thirsty and cold and the more they earned the more their wages fled like they had holes in their pockets. They were spinning their wheels and getting nowhere.
They couldn’t figure it out. Why were they working so hard and getting so little? God doesn’t answer their question right away, but instead Haggai repeats the instruction – ‘consider your ways.’
Just think about it.
These folks had wrong priorities. They were never satisfied with all their worldly pursuits. I think the key behind all of this is a lack of contentment. God tells us that the key to having enough is ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything will be added to us.
Israel needed to learn this lesson. Sadly, so do we.