God First

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.  Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.  Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why?  saith the LORD of hosts.  Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

Haggai 1:7-9

It these verses (and the ones preceding them), we get the idea that these people are working for things that are not satisfying them.  They are earning wages just to be put “into a bag with holes” (1:6).  They “looked for much, and, lo, it came to little.”  And what little they did bring home, the Lord says that “I did blow upon it.”  They are doing everything they can do for themselves.  They are working for wages.  They are eating and drinking.  They are trying desperately to satisfy themselves.  But they found no satisfaction.  The reason for this is given in verses 8 and 9.

“…build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.”  “Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.”

Apparently, in all of their work for themselves, they forgot God.  They all ran to their own houses, and did everything they could to build them and take care of them while God’s house “is waste.”  These people make the terrible mistake of putting themselves before the Lord.  God should always come first.  That is an easy thing to say, but not always an easy thing by which to live.  How much of our lives are spend pursuing things for ourselves?  And how much of our lives are spent for the Lord?  Does He get the “firstfruits” or does He get the “leftovers” of our lives?

The Israelites faced judgment because they did not put the Lord first.  We will face the same if we make the same mistake.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, This is something I deal with a lot. I received my calling to ministry at 16. I have pursued it and at times I have struggled with what God was requiring. Sometimes it seems like so much tio give and yet every time I stand and say “Yes God” I come out more blessed. Sometimes as mere men we think that when God asks something of us the cost is too high. The truth is we never give but it is given back and with interest…but we must first give in faith!

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    • Great point. I hear people sometimes talk about all they have “given up” for the Lord. It’s true that sometimes we must give things up and step out by faith, but the return far, far outweighs the sacrifice. Humanly speaking, it’s difficult to understand, but it works!

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  2. Reading from Pastor J’s comment above . . .to first give in faith. Thank you!
    And thank you, Teacher Ben, for the truths here, for going through that verse for us, to help us see what it is really about. Today has been a day of His reminding me of things that I need reminded of and He has done that again here.
    God bless you as you give Him your best each day.

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