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.Haggai 1:6 KJV
There is much talk in the news media these days about the financial condition of our country. our elected officials can not seem to work together to get our debt and spending under control.
I am convinced that our fiscal problems in America are a direct result of our departing from God and His word. I would estimate that 90 percent of people who are on government assistance are there because of ungodly choices they have made. I am not against those who are physically unable to work getting help, I am for it. What I am against is able bodied people who have children outside of marriage, then live with their partner, claim to be single and draw money from tax payers.
These same people eat out regularly, have cell phones, Internet, etc. Most of our social and economic problems would be solved if people would run their lives according to God’s word.
Think how much money sin costs us not only spiritually, but also fiscally. If a young couple would abstain from fornication, get married when they can afford it, but things that they can afford, not smoke and use strong drink or drugs, prioritize needs before wants - it would go a long way to solve our problems.
This problem will not be solved in Washington D.C., it must be solved in human hearts. Our text verse is a direct result of the nation of Israel putting what they wanted about taking care of the house of God. The Lord’s house was in shambles. Until we realize that God’s economy operates different from the world, we will never get ahead.
First, our text verse says ye have sown much and bring in little. Think about how much money our government has spent trying to fix our fiscal problem, but at the end of the day, we have little, anything, to show for it but more debt. We cannot spend our way out of our problems.
Secondly, our verse says ye eat and drink, but it is not enough. No matter how much they tried to satisfy themselves, it was not enough because they were going against God’s economy.
Lastly, we see that the money they earned was put in a bag with holes. Simply put, no matter what they earned, they could not keep any of it because of their sin it came in and went out with nothing to show for it.
We do not have a fiscal problem in American, we have a spiritual problem that has resulted in our current condition. We are trying to fix the problem from the wrong end. Until we nationally get back to God, we will never have fiscal peace. If you look at the rest of the chapter, you will see that God caused a drought that disrupted their whole economy.
National repentance is our only hope.
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