God’s prophet, Haggai, was confronting the Israelites, God’s people, when he said: “Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have 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.’ This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways.'” (Haggai 1:5-7). The people were claiming that it wasn’t the right time to rebuild God’s temple. They were putting their own comfort ahead of God’s plan (verse 4), their priorities were out of line.
Have we placed our own comfort ahead of God’s work? Are we living in prosperity while we neglect those who do God’s work? Do we accumulate material possessions, but never have enough? Are our closets full, but we have nothing to wear?
I don’t know about you, but God has challenged me to give more careful thought to my priorities, to how I spend my time, and how I choose to spend my money!