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.
In a previous post I dealt with the book of Haggai and cited chapter 1 verse 4. I wrote about verse 4 telling us that we must take care of our spiritual house. We live in worldly houses and every day we get up and work to maintain our worldly house, but far and few between are the days we strive to maintain and improve our spiritual house. In verses five and six, Haggai is informing the people of Israel and all people, past, present and future, of the consequences of not maintaining and improving your spiritual house.
You sow much and harvest little. You will work and work, but when measuring worldly gains against spiritual sacrifices you will have gained nothing. Your well-being has been run down with your lack of maintenance. You will eat and drink and never be full. Each day worldly work will only gain you worldly things that will only lose their value and satisfaction. These material objects have a finite life cycle. Even those that last a lifetime have a short supply of pleasure. You will give yourself creature comforts but they will never be enough. You will always be wanting more.
What you earn today will be gone tomorrow. Possessions saved over a lifetime are one day gone for they do not possess eternal life. No matter how big and how strong the bag holding your possessions, the bottom will give out and everything will be gone.
This is what Haggai was saying in verse four, five and six as he condemns the Israelites for taking care of their own comforts.
According to St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19:
…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God…
So as the Israelites were doing thousands of years ago, so we are doing today. We dwell in our paneled houses, our worldly houses and strive every day to maintain and improve them. Yet we do little to maintain the house of the Lord. We neglect our spiritual house and so we end up never satisfied and always wanting more. And there are many who prey upon these wants.
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