Direction/Guidance, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Motivation, Obedience, Submission/Surrendering

Consider Your Ways!

Some days I feel like a hamster on a wheel. I am spinning and spinning but going nowhere.  I am doing all of the things that I think are important to get results and the results compared to the effort are meager at best. I put one dollar in the bank and I have to withdraw two. Like Paula Abdul sang, “I take two steps forward, I take two steps back.”  What’s really going on? Although this may not be my self-proclaimed “season,” it has caused me to take an assessment of myself and ask God to show me what, if anything, I am doing to cause a delay in my harvest.

In that spirit, I have recommitted myself to my morning devotionals. Admittedly for the past year or more, I have hit the “dismiss” button on the alarm every morning at 5:00AM. I’m not perfect but I am working on it. During a recent devotion, I was lead to a story in Haggai (don’t know if I have ever truly studied that book) that spoke volumes into my life and I hope it will speak to you as well.

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD’s house.” Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” (Haggai 1:2-3 NIV)

To give you some background, the temple of Lord was destroyed and was in ruins and He told the people to rebuild it. The people started on the temple but failed to complete it. Instead they focused on their own homes and personal satisfaction. It is now some years later.

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says:
“Give careful thought to your ways.
You have planted much, but harvested little.
You eat, but never have enough.
You drink, but never have your fill.
You put on clothes, but are not warm.
You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”            

(Haggai 1:5-6 NIV) 

Whoa! I re-read this time and time again. It was as if the words on the pages were jumping out at me. Surely Ecclesiastes tells us that there is “nothing new under the sun.”  These verses from BC described exactly how I was feeling in 2011 AD.

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.  I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.” (Haggai 1: 7-11 NIV)

Surely, God was holding back the blessings on these people because they were too busy handling their own affairs to handle His. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away.”

As I studied this passage, I came across a few questions that I am truthfully still dealing with. 1. Has God told me to do anything for Him that I am procrastinating on? 2. Has God told me to stop doing something that I haven’t? 3. Am I really just in a “waiting” period?

Continually, I am asking for revelation and guidance because I don’t want to be like the people in Haggai who are earning wages only to put it in a purse with holes. I don’t want Him to withhold the dew or the crops out of my life. I am serious about reaping the harvest that God promised me and I dare not be a stumbling block to my own blessings. I am considering my ways and I encourage you to do the same.

Dear Daddy,

It’s easy to repeat “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added unto you” but help me to live it. Remove me from getting in the way of my own blessings. Lord reveal to me where I am falling short and not being obedient to Your instruction. Lord, don’t withhold the dew! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to consider your ways! God may have you in a holding pattern because He is waiting on you to do as He has instructed before He patches the holes in your purse or ends the drought on your land. 

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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7 thoughts on “Consider Your Ways!”

  1. OMG Chancee!! OMG!!
    From beginning to end, I was in it! I too need to start asking for revelation and guidance and to ask God to show me where I’m not being obedient and/or procrastinating. There was SO much in your post that I felt was truly for me to read and meditate on. Awesome post!!…just awesome! Thanks for blessing me with your words of wisdom and sharing the important scriptures you used to tie it all together. Feeling so good right now!!!! Stay blessed my Sister!!

    1. Your welcome Dee and I am glad that this spoke something into your life. It really inspired me to get up and do some things. I am amazed each time God reveals things to me and I pray that each time they can touch someone. Be blessed!

    1. Girl if I ever read Haggai it was on the way to sleep or something. I never remember intentionally studying this prophet. When my Bible landed on this page, I really didn’t know what to expect but those words leapt at me as I read. I hope you find the study of this word as interesting as I did. I would love to hear your revelations as you read it.

  2. Chancee as I read this yesterday I was really caught up because this post really spoke to me. I do not want to hold up my blessings either. You really made me consider my ways. Since yesterday I have been praying and asking God to make His will for my life clear as water because if I am doing something to hold up the next level of my ministry I need to know so I can get it right! THANK YOU and I thank God for the anointing on your life for sharing this Word!

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