I used to have this favorite pair of jeans that had holes in the pockets. I didn’t realize it until I heard change hitting the floor and felt my keys working their way down my pant leg. Of course, it took a few times of wearing them before either remembering to pitch them or being burdened with picking loose change off the floor and misplacing my keys. Thankfully, I didn’t lose anything too valuable before changing my strategy, that is, I replaced those jeans with a different pair.
Well, maybe it’s time for a “pocket change” here in America too; maybe we have been trying to “wear the pants” in the house but unfortunately have been trying to wear them in the wrong house. Check out how timely the Lord’s 2,500 year-old words are for America and even the world as a whole:
5Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6You have planted much, but have 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.”
7This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9“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 his own house. 10Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.”
Haggai 1:5-11 (NIV)
The Christian foundation on which this nation was built is continually being chipped away only to be replaced by a house of cards. We have seemingly gambled our values for valuables that “moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal.” Consequently, the world around us appears to be “going to hell in a hand-basket.”
What do you think–is this global recession more of a spiritual problem or an economic one? Whose house have you been building on a personal basis? What can we do corporately to switch the focus to building the right house here in America and abroad?