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THE FIRST PRIORITY OF OUR MONEY

Date: September 6

Category: Prosperity

Haggai 1:5-8, 9b
"Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways and set your mind on what has come to you. You have sown much, but you have reaped little; you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you do not have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages has earned them to put them in the bag with holes in it. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways (your previous and present conduct) and how you have fared. Go up to the hill country and bring lumber and rebuild [My] house, and I will take pleasure in it and I will be glorified, says the Lord [by accepting it as done for My glory and by displaying My glory in it]… Because of My house, which lies waste while you yourselves run each man to his own house [eager to build and adorn it]."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThe name Haggai means "festal" in Hebrew. Haggai's prophecies can be dated back to 520 BC. After the people were released from exile, Haggai along with Zechariah encouraged them to rebuild the temple. Haggai wanted to explain to the people that the reason why they weren't blessed (even though they have sown and labored) was because they were only thinking of themselves and not the house of God. So he encouraged them to change their ways and start taking care of God's house. When they would do that, then God would turn their curse into a blessing.

In verse 5 we read, "Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways and set your mind on what has come to you." In other words, God was telling the people to think about their lives and the things that were happening to them. So what were some of the things that were happening? Well verse 6 describes the situation of the people. But verse 6 is also an accurate interpretation of the situation in many people's lives today.

First it says, "You have sown much, but you have reaped little." There are many people today who sow a lot into their careers, but they still seem to receive little in return. Some people put more money into their business than what they are receiving back. That's not a blessing. Then it says, "you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you do not have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm." Some people just don't seem to have enough of the necessities in life even though they work hard. And the things that they do have still don't satisfy them, so they're always complaining. This verse also says, "and he who earns wages has earned them to put them in the bag with holes in it." Many people earn money but can't seem to keep it. As soon as money comes in, it comes right back out just as quick. All of those circumstances are curses.

That was what was happening to the people at the time, and that's what happens to some people today. The reason why it happened was because the people were only looking after themselves and their own houses, rather than tending to God's house. So in verse 7, Haggai warned the people again, "Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways (your previous and present conduct) and how you have fared." God was telling the people to think about their actions, both their previous and present actions. Then Haggai gives them an instruction from the Lord in verse 8 and 9b, "Go up to the hill country and bring lumber and rebuild [My] house, and I will take pleasure in it and I will be glorified, says the Lord [by accepting it as done for My glory and by displaying My glory in it]… Because of My house, which lies waste while you yourselves run each man to his own house [eager to build and adorn it]." In other words, the people were to bring wood and rebuild the temple of God.

That was their first priority after coming out from exile. They were to do something that God would take pleasure in and that He would be glorified in. When that would happen, then God would reverse their curse and give them a blessing. If you and I want to be happy and satisfied in life, then we have to make God the priority of all our money. If we want to change our curse into a blessing, then we have to consider the house of God and the work of the Lord first before we take care of our own house. The first purpose of our money is to give God our tithes and offerings. When we do that, then God will be glorified. When God is glorified in our lives, then He will bless us. So let's make sure we don't bring a curse upon ourselves by living in selfishness. Let's honor God with our money. When we do that, then God will honor us!

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