After years in exile, the people of God are finally back in the land. Unfortunately, they hit a snag. The inhabitants of the land, enemies of God, do not want them there. To get rid of them, they complain to the king of Persia to make them stop… which he does. 20 years passes without the children of Israel working on the house of God.
They had begun with such excitement, but now have hit a road block that seems impassable. Thankfully, the Lord desired for them to get busy about the work. He sent prophets, primarily Haggai, to prompt the people to get back to work. The king is petitioned, and the work is able to resume. In just a short time, chapter 6 of Ezra happens, and the temple is completed!
We can get discouraged sometimes when considering the work of the Lord. Enemies want us to fail, and will use any means necessary to accomplish their evil purposes. Thankfully, the Lord is stronger than any enemy. According to His purposes things can get accomplished that were otherwise thought impossible.
Don’t be discouraged or disheartened if it seems ministry is hindered. Trust the Lord, and pray that God would prosper your efforts for Him. It might not always work out the way we envisioned it, but God is capable of getting His work done, His way. There is no obstacle or problem too big for God.
Daily Scripture Reading
Ezra 4 - 7
And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.
• Who were the adversaries of Judah?
• What does it mean that the people of the land weakened the hands of the people?
• What accusation did the enemies of God bring against the people of God?
• Why was the work halted?
• How long did the temple sit as just a foundation?
• How was Cyrus’s decree forgotten?
• What prophets were around during the time of Ezra?
• What does it mean that Ezra was a ready scribe?