“When the builders completed the foundation of the Lord’s Temple, the priests put on their robes and took their places to blow their trumpets. And the Levites, descendants of Asaph, clashed their cymbals to praise the Lord, just as King David had prescribed. With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seem the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.” Ezra 3:10-12 NLT
Restoration has been a theme in my life for the past few years. I can understand the feeling of joy mixed with sorrow. The grief over what was and the hope for what will be.
These verses encourage me to…
Press On (the rebuilding of the new temple didn’t start until 50 years after the old one was destroyed).
Expect opposition. Satan is a very real enemy, who wants to take me down. (“The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel…Than the local residents tried to discourage and frighten the people of Judah to keep them from their work. ”Ezra 4:1&4 NLT)
Anticipate what God is doing. Wait on him and be watchful. Listen to his voice. Even when things don’t look like I thought they would, know that he can be trusted.
“But the godly will flourish like palm tress and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!” Psalms 92:12-15 NLT
No one can stop the work that God has begun.
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT
Dear Father, thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you that you are working eveything for my good. That you forgive my sins. For your promise to always be with me. Amen.