Holes in the Faith

Hagaii 1:1-6 says, “1In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, 2Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built. 3Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? 5Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 6Ye 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 earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.”

Have you ever just been caught in a major rain without an umbrella? Then, to make matters worse, you are like what seems to be a mile away from your vehicle. So, you are sprinting the entire time, and the faster you go, the harder the rain falls. You sit in the vehicle, look in the mirror, and you look like you just got out of the shower, only except you do not feel as clean. However, when you have an umbrella, you can just walk and take your time. You do not have to worry, for at least the most part, about getting wet. You are under an umbrella of protection, and it leaves you much more happier and satisfied. But what if that umbrella had holes in it? It would be good for nothing. It would not fulfill its purpose because you would become absolutely drenched. You can hold it up and walk in it, but if it has holes, you still get soaked.

Spiritually, I believe people have holes in their umbrellas, or, in other words, their faith, like these men that the prophet Hagaii was talking to. See, they were blessed. They had the finances and hard work ethic necessary to build nice homes, but the temple of God laid waste. They were wasting their money decorating their homes, while they temple was empty, broken and dried. They were wasting what God blessed them with for the things of this world. They were limited because of their lack of faith in God and love for God. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “6But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” When you sow sparingly into your own selfishness and desires, you will only reap a curse and destruction. The prophet compared it to them putting into a bag with holes in it. They were not storing up themselves treasures in heaven because they were building onto something that was temporary. They were not operating under the umbrella of God’s protection and blessings because they walked by sight rather than faith. Their faith had holes in it that needed to be filled so that they would not lose what God wanted to bless them with! Some people fall short handed of God’s divine blessings and purpose because they are not willing to serve the LORD with everything inside of them. If we would give God what He gives to us and use what He has blessed us with for His glory, then we will reap what we sow!

In order for those holes in our faith to be filled, one must read, study and trust in the Word of God! Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” We must speak the Word, and we must live by the Word if we desire to reap a blessing of victory. The infallible Word of God is the only thing that patch up those empty places in our lives. It is due to those empty spots that the enemy can rob us of our blessings. We must fill up that void with our faith in God’s Word!