The prophet drew contrasts between the one who eagerly ran to care for his own house, while disregarding God’s house, revealing selfish indulgence and misplaced priorities. The selfish lack of concern for God’s house only caused more hardship.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Haggai, 1:4,6,9.
The amount of money we have is not so important as the way we use it. Rich people can be generous or stingy – and so can those with less money. What is your attitude toward your possessions? Do you hoard them selfishly, or do you use them to bless others?
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, July 8. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.