Lord, help us endure with your help, in our pursuit of fulfilling your will in our lives. May you be glorified. Amen.
Today’s reading: Ezra 4-7.
Bump in the road. Detour. Road block. You can tell we Americans drive a lot. Just look at the way we use highway jargon to describe the difficulties we face off the road. The question is, how do you handle the detours and road blocks that pop up in your life? Do you easily get discouraged and give up? I hope you find the strength to push on through the difficulties and make it to the end of your road. That’s what the Israelites did when they faced opposition in rebuilding the temple.
It wasn’t long after the foundation stones were laid and the altar was rebuilt that the returning exiles faced major conflict:
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…
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