But the path of the just is as the shinning light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.
– Proverbs 4:18
Read: Haggai 1:1-11; Romans 12:1-3
Several years ago, the Lord spoke to me from the Book of Haggai 1 and asked me a very important question. I want to ask you that same question today: ‘How do you intend to live your life; by covenant or by convenience?’ You may think any dummy knows the answer to the question. However, it is important that we take stock of our lives and take a critical look at how we make our decisions and conduct our affairs in life. In the Book of Haggai, the Bible describes people living by convenience and the kind of results they produce in life. Because they make themselves the priority in their lives, God said they work a lot but have little to show for it; they earn a lot but seem to always put the wages in bags with holes; they bring home their harvest but God blows on it, and so on. I know you are probably familiar with the story of Mr. Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Lot ‘conveniently’ lifted up his eyes and chose to go toward Sodom because it seemed prosperous. He never took the time to ask what God wanted him to do. Abraham on the other hand was covenant minded and he entered into rest. Mr. Lot went from one trouble and pain to another. Sorrow piled on sorrow for him even though he was not a sinner. He lost his wife, his estate, his joy, his peace. Then he was run out of the city of Sodom with nothing; He eventually fathered (with the help of his two daughters) 2 of the worst enemy nations of God’s covenant people Israel. Now compare Mr. Lot’s end to Abraham, God’s covenant friend. Child of God, if you want to end well; If you want to be blessed in your latter days; if you want to rise from glory to glory and have the light shine on your path rather than falling from ‘frying pan to fire,’ then live by the covenant. Let God’s Word direct you. Allow the covenant to take priority in your life. Get rid of convenience living. Then expect the blessings of Open Heavens. It is yours today, in Jesus’ name. Amen.