“You put on clothes, but are not warm.” –from Haggai 1:6
During Lexi’s first winter with us, I walked her wearing a short ski-style puffer coat. It kept my middle warm, but it left my backside cold. It was a great coat to wear over snow bibs when I went sledding with my kids; it wasn’t as good for throwing over a sweater and jeans to trudge around the block with Lexi in tow. The following winter I decided to buy a new coat: a down-filled parka that came to my knees. It would’ve been foolish to persist in wearing a coat that didn’t keep me warm. My new coat was much warmer for walking the dog. Likewise when we walk with God, we may have to try something different. The prophet Haggai warns God’s people: “You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it” (1:6). God tells them, “Give careful though to your ways” (1:7). They’re being foolish. What they persist in doing isn’t working out for them. A new way may be better for walking with God.
Dear God, Give me faith to try something different for walking with you. Amen