CONSIDER YOUR WAYS
Haggai 1: 2-5 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD's house should be built. Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Consider your ways! It takes two words to convey the meaning of the word “consider.” One is sum which has multiple meanings such as to make, make for, transform into, constitute, fashion, work, to bring to pass, appoint, or give. The other is the Hebrew word lavav which means inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, or understanding. Its root means to get a mind.
Haggai 1:6 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.
Ye have sown much, and bring in little. This statement is far beyond the world’s economic woes. Believers already know to seek the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33). The emphasis is to find where the spiritual breach is. Ye have sown much. Mark 4:14 explains that the sower soweth the word. There is much word going forth today in various ministries. Among those words is very little of The Word! Paul told the church at Galatia, “be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7). On the whole, what do we see today? Paul continued, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:8). To the church at Corinth he said, “But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully _2 Corinthians 9:6).