PLANTED MUCH BUT HARVESTED LITTLE
In the book of Haggai, God chastises by saying, ‘Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much but harvested little. You eat, drink and wear extra clothes, but never enough, have wages but place them in a purse with holes in it.’ Does that sound like you?
He tells them, ‘You expected much by bringing down mountain timber to build a house but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away, because my house remains a ruin.’ God won’t be short changed. God means business. Verse Ten states how he withheld dew for crops, a drought on fields in grain, the oil, on ground produces and on men and cattle. To emphasis his point, in verses nine to sixteen his power from his name, the Lord Almighty is repeatedly advising how he will stir up the spirit of the people and as covenanted for the glory that ‘I will fill this house’ . ‘My spirit remains with you. Do not fear. And in this house I will grant peace.’ Again the Lord Almighty challenges by asking if any seed in the barn is left. Until now, the vine, the fig tree, pomegranate and olive tree have not borne fruit. God reminds us of his reassurance and provision. ‘From this day on I will bless you!’
Firstly, God chastises to make us aware he is on to our pretenses and cheating of others. Secondly, we are not honoring him in his house or upgrading his presence of glory. Then we short change him of our faith but also we harvest little from the fruit we plant. No wonder God despairs and yet still loves us enough to say, ‘Every day, I will bless you.’
What an awesome God. So forgiving and faithful is he.