It is difficult for me to accept without question the frequent Old Testament assertion that there is a direct link between religious/spiritual work and material prosperity. The book of Haggai seems to be based on this assertion. To me, life (at least life on this earth) seems more complicated. Good people die young. So, I want to interpret this basic assertion more broadly and perhaps metaphorically. I am more comfortable with the assertion that life is not satisfying unless you attend to the spiritual aspects. Haggai 1:6 can be read as a poetic expression of this idea. “You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes.”
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