Haggai reminds us to carefully consider our ways, and to put first things first. We need to know if we are living for ourselves, or if we are living for God. We can’t serve two masters. When we put God first, He provides all that we will ever need. When we try to meet our own needs we will always be left wanting more- never to be satisfied. Living for God means that we rely on His direction and His provision.
When we put feet to our faith we become part of the new temple that Haggai is writing about. If we focus, instead, on our own needs we become part of the problem that Haggai explains in verse 9: ““It’s because my house lies in ruins while each of you is busy working on your own house.” When we work on His house first, He will provide for our houses, and He will meet our every need.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31)