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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wholly Holey

A hole in the pocket is like a bank vault without a lock, or an investment in a Ponzi scheme.  Everything entrusted there is at risk.

All the dreaming, motivation, faithfulness & sweaty work is dribbled away, diminished and lost because of the breach in the britches.  Put hard earned cash in a pocket with holes and there’ll be little to nothing to show for it when you get home.  The problem is not in the effort to earn, but in the failure to secure the weak areas.

An Old Testament prophet of Israel named Haggai fingered this for the nation. “He who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes,” he wrote (Haggai 1:6).  

What put holes in Israel’s bag? 

Neglecting their relationship with God. 

Leaving God out of their lives was like leaving open seams in bags of gold.  Neglecting the spiritual devotion poked holes in the best intentions and efforts.
What good is a money bag if it’s wholly holey?

If it seems the valuables of life (like one’s mental health, marriage, family etc.) are slipping away, refocus on the relationship with God.   Haggai penned, “Consider your ways” and then repeated himself.  It is critical to consider the emphasis one gives their relationship with Jesus.

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God (His lordship) and His righteousness (His moral standard), and all these things (food, clothing, etc) shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). 

When the Lord has first place in one’s life, holes are closed up.  He is our Keeper (Psalm 121:3).  The Holy takes care of the holey.  May we let Him.

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