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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Misplaced Priorities”
During the rebuilding process of the second temple in Jerusalem, the people became tired and fatigued, because they had the wrong set of priorities. Therefore, whatever they put their hand to had negative consequences.
The Lord said, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?’ Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:4-6)
In their effort to gain more, they became worn out and fatigued. They planted their crops but had little to show for it, and whatever they earned was gone as soon as it was received. They couldn’t even eat or drink enough to be satisfied.
Their priorities were misplaced.
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
We become tired and worn out by having the wrong set of priorities.
The Israelites we’re seeking wealth and possessions more than God. This wears out those caught on this treadmill of always wanting more. They continue to move but go nowhere. It’s not only frustrating but fatiguing.
Solomon said, “Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.” (Proverbs 23:4-5)
Misplaced priorities bring a sense of weariness and fatigue to our soul and spirit, which also has physical consequences.
Therefore, to end this constant feeling of fatigue we need to get our priorities straightened out and seek God first and foremost, and then Jesus promises that whatever else we need will be added to our lives.
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