Consider your ways

My wife: So you’re going to call someone?

Me: I will call someone and get something else.

My wife: I’m just going to go ahead and mail the check.

Me: I’m still going to call someone.

My wife: You have three months after I mail this check. Are you going to call someone in those three months?

Me: I will call someone.

My wife and I have life insurance policies that we are interested in replacing. That is, just as soon as I call someone to get a different policy. We’ve been going back and forth on the current policy for months. The premiums have increased over the past few months, and yet here I am months later with payment due and no new (cheaper) policy. Regardless, this made me think of a story in scripture where a preacher confronted people who said they would do something but kept putting things off.

In the first chapter of Haggai, the Israelites are back from captivity in Babylon but they have not built a temple. It is not because they do not want to, just ‘not yet.’ Eventually the prophet Haggai arrives on the scene and says, “Consider your ways (KJV).” As a matter of fact, Haggai says this in verses 5 and 7. Truth be told, Haggai should not have had to confront the Israelites. After all, the people intended on serving the Lord. They just kept putting things off.

Let’s look at this in another way. Have you ever seen or heard about the bumper sticker that says, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it”? It should not matter whether anyone believes it. Why? Because God said it and that settles it. Just as we should let our yeas be yeas and our nays be nays (Matthew 5:37), we should deliver on the things we intend to do, large or small.

Is there something that you’ve been promising to do for your wife? What about the things you intend to do for the Lord? Did you deliver?

Consider your ways…

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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