Before I comment, please read these verses:
“Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.” Haggai 1:5-9 ESV
This was written a few thousand years ago, but it sounds so much like people in 2018.
- God gave them a harvest, but it wasn’t enough.
- We have food, but we say we don’t have any because it isn’t what we like.
- We have clothing, but it isn’t designer.
Bottom line: We have what we need, yet we waste it!
Today is December 5. We just came out of a season of Thanksgiving to enter into a season of commercialism. All I hear people talk about is how much they are going to spend or need to spend on each child, friends, family, enemies, etc. Many will go in debt in the attempt to please others with STUFF. At the end of the day, it won’t be enough. Then the credit card bill will come.
I am at a stage in my life when I live paycheck to paycheck more than ever, yet God gives me what I need. I am tempted at times to compare myself to others, but I look at them and see that they are miserable even with all the things. I have a good family, dependable vehicles, food, shelter, clothing. I won’t be invited to rub elbows with the upper class of our area, but I really don’t care.
It’s time that people quit complaining. There may come a day when all we have is ripped away from us. Will Jesus be enough? Ponder that.
Or will they?