A Bag With Holes

Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.  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 1:5-7

The Lord here tells His people twice to “Consider your ways.”  We would be wise to follow that advice ourselves.  He points out the futility with which they live their lives, and I think that we could easily see parallels in our society.  People have “sown much, but bring in little.”  People today are busier than they have ever been.  We are constantly and frantically running around trying to get ahead.  Yet contentment is low.  People are still not happy.  People “eat, but have not enough.”  We are never satisfied.  We are always wanting more or better instead of being thankful for what we have.  And how about this one for today’s society:

“…he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.”

If there is one statement that would describe most people today, it is this one.  People work long and hard hours for a paycheck.  When that paycheck finally comes, it seems that it’s gone as soon as it hits the bank.  After looking back, we sometimes wonder where it all went.

There are people all around us who live life exactly as described in this verse.  They would be wise to do as the Lord told the Israelites: “Consider your ways.”  If we find ourselves being described by any of these things, we would be wise to “Consider our ways.”  If we aren’t getting the results we want, we need to do something differently.  In most cases, that would involve turning to the Lord and doing things His way instead of our way.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Pointed as always, Ben

    Thanks for helping me understand these parts of the Scriptures :-). My early years as a Christian kept me in the New Testament and the Psalms. By the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I have made considerable progress in reading the other areas but I am thankful for the way God uses you, Deb and Vineet to help us get the picture.

    That being said, I so get this! I remember the pains that came with a ‘holey-bagged’ job I had. Thankful for His deliverance. I think it was my grandma who taught me that only what’s done for Christ will last … I’m glad that’s real to me today. Bless the Lord!

    God bless you and your ministry, Teacher Ben. Deb was so right when she gave you that name 🙂



    • Thank you for your kind words- I appreciate it and I’m glad the Lord is using this blog to be a help. I’ve usually stayed in the NT, Psalms and Proverbs myself, but reading through the prophets and really paying attention has been great. There is so much in there for us because I think the condition of Israel at that time and our nation today are so similar.


  2. This is just so relevant, Ben! Thank you! And our of an Old Testament book too. Wow. That’s our God.
    God bless you as you keep turning to the Lord and doing things His way!

    p.s. Ann full of Jesus grace . . .did I name Ben that? I can’t remember, but I like it and will start using it with you! 🙂


    • It never ceases to amaze me just how relevant the OT is – especially in the “minor prophets,” the books a lot of people tend to gloss over or not read at all. There is so much truth in God’s Word!


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