Beyond the Obstacles
Today’s scripture selection: Ezra 1-5
Key verse: Ezra 4:4
“Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.”
Long ago, during the time when those who had been exiled returned to Jerusalem to build their temple, not surprisingly opposition arose.
Why do I say “not surprisingly”? Because it’s often that way.
There are forces in this world – some seen; some unseen – that are at work to thwart God’s plans. It’s nothing new. And it will continue into the future – until one day God puts a stop to it – according to His timing.
What do we do in the meantime?
We keep on building.
Fear and doubt; people telling us we are foolish and misguided; depression and thoughts that we will never accomplish what we have set out to do – this is all part of the opposition.
But faith and hope; a community of believers that trusts in God’s providential love; encouragement and conviction that we, with God’s help, will finish what He has called us to do in His name – this is all part of the victory.
So, don’t be surprised when, now and then, you feel defeated.
It’s only an illusion – “smoke and mirrors”.
God knows what He is doing and how He is going to get it done – to His Glory.
And you are part of it all.
Prayer: Almighty God, may I always trust in your plan, even when I cannot see it unfolding. AMEN.