Give Careful Thought to your Ways
“Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 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.” 7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”
My first thought as I read this passage today is about my life before age 57 when I finally got saved. Think about your life before Christ. Can you relate?
In my early professional life, I was a “work-aholic”. All my focus was on getting ahead, being the best, and climbing to the top of the ladder of success. Joyce Meyers once said, “Sometimes you can spend your whole life getting to the top of the ladder only to realize once you’re there that your ladder was leaning against the wrong building!” That was me.
Material possessions never satisfied for very long. There was always something newer, or something better, to covet and possess. Whether it was intentional or not, trying to “keep up a good front” was expensive and never-ending. It didn’t matter how much money I made, it always seemed like there was “still more month at the end of the money”. Having anything saved back for “a rainy day” seemed impossible.
With Christ Jesus, I now experience true joy, fulfillment, peace, and satisfaction. Since I learned to generously give tithes and offerings I have more money put back than I ever had before.
If you’re “saved”, but not experiencing something similar, “give careful thought to your ways.”
Ask the Father to show you any of your ways that are not pleasing to Him. Change them today.
Dive Deeper: Study Haggai 1.