Monday, August 22, 2011

Standing Firm

"But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received" (Ezra 5:5).

The Jews, who had been given permission build the temple of God were, again, facing opposition.  They were receiving threats, accusations, and baseless rumors reported about them.  They were notified of a letter that was being sent by a governor of a neighboring province to the king of the realm.

God, however, was not taken by surprise  by this opposition they would face, but now was the time that God's plan would be carried out.  The elders did not have the responsibility of trying to figure it out.  They didn't have to help God or become overwhelmed with how or why this was now happening.  They stood on the promises of God, that this restoration effort would succeed, and they would not back down.  Their only responsibility was to trust God that He, in His strength and sovereignty, would handle the rest.

There are and will be times that God will call you to do something that will challenge you at the core of your faith, and it will involve great opposition.  It is not your calling or your responsibility to figure it all out.  Take a deep breath and relax.  You don't have to be God.  You only need to stand firm on the promises of His word and trust Him to watch over you as you live out your obedience to Him.  Oh, and don't forget this very essential truth.  He will give you the strength to stand.

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