Now this is what the LORD Almighty says:
Give careful thought to your ways. Haggai 1:5 and 7
The LORD’s speaks these same words twice within just a very short passage of Scripture. So, I’m thinking God wants us to pay attention to what He is saying.
And here the LORD is telling us to pay attention…be aware of…”give careful thought” to what we are doing.
These words of God’s challenge and encouragement, correction and direction were given to His people who, after years of exile, had been allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. And the people did indeed start their God given purposeful project. After two years of committed work the foundation of the new temple was completed. And there was great celebration.
But, then, the work on the temple just stopped. People got busy with their own lives, their own homes, their own schedules, their own priorities…their own ways. Even that soon after all they had suffered as a people because of disobedience…even that soon after God had made a way for them to come back to their homeland.
How quckly—if I am not careful—do I get back into my own ways of doing things…into my own patterns of behaviors that ignore God and, even, outrightly disobey Him? How easy is it for me to just focus on myself and what I want—if I do not consciously take the time to think about the fact that my entire life belongs to God?
It is out of God’s love for us that He calls us to “Give careful thought to your ways.” As we recognize our tendencies to go our own ways…we may, with God’s ever willing heart to help us and lead us, return to doing things God’s ways.
And God’s ways are always for our best. Think about that! Carefully!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane