Even after working hard and earning high salaries,many find themselves in utter proverty
because of unexpected and unwanted expense that come their way.People wonder how
it could happen even to those who know God and are prayerful. After s even decade of
exile in babylon, the lsraelites who returned to Jerusalem were very eager to lay the
foundation of the temple that was destroyed during the Babylonian invasion.
When they faced opposition to the building project,they stopped building the house of
God and instead built beautiful homes for their personal saftey and security.
They built houses,neglecting to rebuild the temple of the Lord who had broken
the yoke of their capitvity and brought them back to the land of their forefather.
Pretending that it was not yet time for building the house of God, they worked
even harder to secure and accumulate wealth.God frustrated their effort.
He told them, "Ye have sown much and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough;
ye drink but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you , but there is none warm;
and he that earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes ".They earn a lot of money ,
but they could not retain it because they were carrying it in a bag with holes .
There was no joy in the homes they built for themselves , beacause God says
" you looked for much and it came little and when you brought it i home ,
I did blow upon it Why!! say the Lord of host , because of mine house that is waste ,
and you run every man unto his own house . The people obeyed the voice of the Lord
and began the work of the temple and he opened the windows of heaven to bless them
... form this day will i bless you (Hagg 2:19)