“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house...." Haggai 1:9
Have you been working hard and yet do not earn enough to support your family? Are you earning a decent amount of money but find yourself robbed by expenses that are out of your control? Do you see your blessings constantly being blown away?
The people of Judah certainly had those experiences. Even the ground they were growing their crops on was infertile. The dew was withheld from heaven such that their fields did not produce sufficient crops.
The Lord spoke through Haggai and told the people straight in their face, "...I blew (your blessings) away."
The reason was that the people had turned away from God and put their own interests first. God's temple was in ruin and all that the people cared for were building new houses for themselves.
Simply put, their priority was wrong!
I learned from this passage. I hope that you will too. Let's be determined to get our priority right - "Seek His Kingdom first and all these things (our needs and God's blessings) will be given to you as well." (Luke 12:31).