Consider Your Ways

Haggai is a short two-chapter book in the Old Testament. Haggai 1:5 says, “Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”” Read that verse one more time and then let’s jump down two verses to Haggai 1:7, which says: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.”” Hey, both verses say the same thing. When the Bible says something once it’s important, and when it says the same thing twice, we better not miss it. So, what does this mean for us today?

First, let me give you the context of Haggai’s original prophecy. About 90 years before Haggai spoke these words, following decades of disobedience by His chosen people, God allowed the king of Babylon to overthrow Jerusalem and take the Jews into captivity. After 70 years of exile in Babylon, as he had promised, God allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem where they were encouraged to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed in the Babylonian attack. Within the first two years the people diligently pursued this effort, completing the foundation for the new temple. But then, facing some opposition, they stopped working on the temple and pursued only their own interests. Now, 18 years later God calls them to task through his prophet Haggai.

Despite God’s blessing and protection, the people had become spiritually complacent and compromised in their commitment to follow the Lord. So, he warns them to give careful thought to their ways. If they expected God’s continued provision, power, and protection they needed to make following him their top priority.

It’s the same for us today. We need to carefully consider our ways. Is earnestly following God your top priority or have you become complacent spiritually, setting aside the things of God and focusing only on your own self interests. If we take our eyes off the Lord and fail to consider our ways it’s all too easy to compromise, which both weakens our Christian walk and our witness. Have you considered your ways? Are you earnestly following the Lord?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church