A remnant of God’s people returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Instead of starting on the temple they decided to build their own houses first. The temple could wait. God couldn’t. In the book of Haggai we read God told them to “consider their ways”.
They did their own thing for years, but nothing worked out for them. “You have sown much, and harvested little,” the Lord said. “You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.“
“Get your priorities straight,” God said. “Go into the mountains and bring down timber to build my temple” Then the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord.
They followed God’s voice. “Be strong,” said the Lord. “I am with you, like I was when I brought you out of Egypt. Do not fear.”
As they obeyed, the Lord resumed blessing His people.
Aren’t we like the remnant sometimes? Don’t we lean on our own understanding? We soon realize things don’t work right when we work out of our own strength and wisdom?
What’s the solution? For me, it’s . . .
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6