This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Haggai 1:7
As a person thinks about building something new, he takes time to carefully plan it out. He determines how he will build it, what materials he may need, the cost, the time and many other factors in doing it.
Some people are great at thinking these things out, while most do not plan very well. Many just jump into something, thinking that they know what is best and that they can do it. They never count the cost or realize the intricacy of what is needed to be done. They only see the final picture and not the small details that brought about the final result.
After the Israelites had returned from exile they had chosen to build their own homes first and not build God’s house. God tells them to think about their ways.
Most people have some type of plan in their life, some are extremely detailed, while most are very vague, but are still plans. However, most of these plans are built upon man’s wisdom and understanding and are with a temporary and earthly mindset. People do not do most things with eternity and God in mind.
Jesus came with eternity on His mind. He wanted to seek and save all who were lost. Anything less than that goal would leave one without a true purpose in life.
While many people focus on building their earthly kingdom, the believer must be focused upon God’s kingdom. This is building one’s own self up in Christ Jesus and building others up in Jesus.
When the focus is upon self and this world, it will fall apart and decay. When it is focused upon God and His kingdom, it will last for eternity.
As you walk through this life, you must ask yourself what you are focused upon. Give thought to what and ways of what you are doing. It is easy to get distracted with the things and ways of this world.
Turn your eyes and thoughts upon God and His ways. Focus on building His temple–your heart and life, and building His kingdom–seeking the lost and bringing them to God.
As you do these two things you will be doing things that will last for eternity. They will not wear out, fall apart or fade away. Take time today to think about your ways.
I pray today that you will have God’s eternity upon your mind; that you will work at building God’s temple first in your life; that God will guide you in building His kingdom; and that your thoughts will be on the ways of God.
Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7
Great leaders will always share what their vision is with those whom they are leading. They do not keep their plans hidden from those under them, because they need the people to be able to follow. If there is no revealed plan or vision, then there is nothing to follow.
Some leaders do not feel confident enough in their abilities to the point that they will not reveal what is in the planning. As this occurs, people will fall away and follow others. People love a person who will actually lead them.
Amos tells the people to realize that God will never do anything without revealing His plans.
God’s great love wants every person to love and follow Him. He does not want anyone to be punished or destroyed. In this God had revealed the first coming of Jesus to the people. He had revealed His plan of salvation for all people, everywhere.
Along with revealing His plan for salvation, God has also revealed what will happen when one does not accept Jesus, the punishment and judgement.
All of this is done so that no one can be without excuse. No one will be able to say that they did not know what God was going to do or why He was going to do it.
In order for a person to know what God is going to do, all he has to do is read the Bible, pray and listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding Him. The Holy Spirit will give a person the needed discernment as to what God is doing and what He is going to do. Every believer has access to this knowledge, not just special people–pastors or prophets. His Spirit is poured out upon everyone.
Allow yourself to hear what God is doing and going to do. Read and study the bible every day. Pray in the Holy Spirit, being willing to listen and obey what God is saying.
God is moving on this earth. There are coming times of forgiveness and salvation, and there are coming times of judgement. Allow God to open your eyes up to see what is occurring and about to happen. This allows you to be able to do the work He has called you to do, to be His witness in this world and build His kingdom.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s commands; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill your heart and mind with God’s knowledge and direction; and that you will be God’s voice to this world.