Often when we face adversity we quickly assume that God must not be in what we are doing, so we decide that He wants us to do something else. It is difficult to persevere, and easy to get comfortable putting off what we know we should be pursuing. When results do not come fast enough, we try to find other things to do. Questioning God instead of ourselves comes with ease. We presume His timing is not right rather than giving Him more time. Discouragement can lead to a diversion from our walk. The Spirit of God leads us to consider our ways so we get back by seeking the way of the Lord.
God told the exiles, through Haggai, to consider their own ways. They had returned to their homeland to rebuild the temple of the Lord 16 years earlier, but through the discouragement resulting from their enemies’ constant attacks, ceased construction. They occupied themselves with building their own house instead of the house of the Lord. The Hebrew meaning of “consider your ways” is to “get your heart on your ways” or “put your hearts on your road.” Jesus is the way and it’s in seeking Him that we remain strong in pursuing His will for our lives.
The Holy Spirit, with love and grace, helps us keep our focus on the King. He enables us to bounce back from discouragement, depression and despair. He turns our setbacks into comebacks and places us on the right tracks, from glory to glory!
Haggai 1:6 “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”