Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8
Ever been given what seems to be a clear direction from the Lord, like a green light only to find that as you start out you just keep hitting speed bumps of ever increasing size?! Then when the road doesn’t seem to get any easier you begin to wonder if you are even going the right way at all, maybe you misread that green light from the start?!
In Ezra 1 The Lord moves the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to allow any of God’s people to go up to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Wow, who would have thought! So God’s people taking that green light from the Lord begin to rebuild the temple.
However no sooner had they begun the work when they started hitting speed bumps in the form of Judah and Benjamin’s enemies. Ezra 4:4-5,24 Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They hired counselors to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia. Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill…
Ever find yourself in a standstill? All sorts of enemy schemes can cause us to want to stand still if we do not “give careful thought to your ways” as God tells the people twice in Haggai 1:5,7. We risk missing the adventure God really has called us to if we give up before taking our cares back to God for a True Word evaluation and honest direction.
Haggai 1 informs us that in the second year of King Darius, God gets the attention of these people in a standstill. He stirs up their spirits and says “I am with you.” (Haggai 1:13-14) Again He says, “Be strong… For I am with you… Do not fear” (Haggai 2:4-5)
1 Peter 2:23 says of Jesus, When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. When we hit speed bumps along the path to which He has clearly called us and we are tempted to stop, to just stand still, might we accept that challenge to follow Jesus’ example and entrust our selves to the One who loved us enough to die in our place? Who says to us, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Dare to entrust it dear one, for He is faithful.
Independent Read: Psalm 143:10, Romans 8:31