Where can I find satisfaction?
Is contentment even a possibility for you?
God speaks to you and me in Haggai about the negative consequences that happen when we have our priorities wrong –
We work hard but have little to show for it…except for a lot of bills.
We eat but there is still a hunger in our souls.
We drink but we are still thirsty….for something.
We put on clothes but then we need to buy more because the last thing we bought didn’t satisfy us.
Our money disappears like we’re putting it in pockets filled with holes.
Can you relate to any of these?
I can. I have experienced all of those at different times of my life when my eyes were focused on something other than God.
“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says; ‘Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” Haggai 1: 5 -6.
I love how God uses the picture of a purse – or into today’s world – pockets full of holes. Before I put God first in my finances, it felt like all of my pockets, my purse and my bank account had holes in them. And was I satisfied? No!
I learned that if my life is about money and stuff, I will never have enough. And that is what God is telling you and I today in Haggai. God was talking to the Israelites because they were busy building their own houses while ignoring the rebuilding of God’s house, the Temple.
What is keeping you and I too busy to put God first in our lives?
God is telling us to get our priorities straight and THEN we will find satisfaction.
Thank you for your truth, Abba Father.