"You have sown much, but bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag of holes."
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways!
These people were thinking that when they were ready, they would build God a temple. When they brought in enough harvest, when they were full of food and drink, when they were clothed, and when they were rich enough. But for whatever reason, they never had enough to go and build God's temple. They just weren't ever pleased with what they had. They planted enough, they had enough food and drink, they had clothes, and they had jobs. But they weren't thankful for what they had.
So God wants His temple. He knows that all these people are taking care of themselves, and not worshipping Him like they should be. In verses 8 through 11, it talks about how God was trying to get the people to realize that good things weren't happening because they weren't doing their job.
So what can we take from this passage on this beautiful Monday? That we shouldn't be so preoccupied with getting more of everything that we don't follow through and worship God. Once we have enough, and as we're getting there, we should be worshipping God, because He's the One who gets us there.
In His Service,
Response Question: Read verses 8 through 11. What do you think about this God that the passage shows, and does it fit in with the God that we know and worship and adore?