Jill Yule - Nurioopa Special Meeting - First Half of Second Meeting, May 10, 2004

Haggai 1, "Thus saith the Lord, 'Consider your ways.'" I was thinking of this, that we need to get our priorities right, consider what we do in the morning - make it worthwhile. There are many things we could work for; many things we could do, but are we letting the best things slip? Consider the things we desire, and we are told, "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled." Don't put so much time into the things that will just perish and pass away.

God said through Haggai, "Go up into the mountain and bring wood and build the house." There was the answer, their first and best effort, "Bring the wood." Wood is no use if it is still green; it has to be dead. Die to ourselves so that God can pick us up and use us. Here they were putting more time and effort into their own houses; their own things. God said, "Consider your ways." It was as if they were earning wages and then putting that into a bag with holes. If we sow to the flesh, we are told that we will only reap corruption; something that won't last.

If we don't feel satisfaction, consider our ways and get our priorities right. I'm glad God shows us what we are, and the answer is to go up to the mountain. May we never lose sight of God's eternal purpose.