“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.” Haggai 1:5-7 (KJV)
The prophet Haggai uses the word “Consider” at least five times; twice in this passage, and three more times in 2:15, and 18.
The problem Haggai is addressing was after their return to Jerusalem, from the captivity in Babylon/Persia, and the temple was still lying in ruins from the time of its destruction. They had built their own houses, but neglected the temple.
“Consider your ways” is a call for the people; beginning with the leaders; to look into their own hearts, and to think; initially to make a heart decision to build the temple; and they did.
“Consider your ways” is a good word for Christians today. We are giving our time and efforts to good causes; cancer walks and runs to raise funds – good; giving to political causes – a favored candidate, etc,; even giving our tithe to our local Church. But how is the temple?
I want us to all “Consider” this:
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
And consider these verses as well: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.