Gems 2015 —- May 16 Scripture Selection: Ezra 1-5

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 16 Scripture Selection: Ezra 1-5

Food for Thought: Ezra 4, 5

When the Lord assigns you an venturesome project, mission, or vision, there may be some who, for various reasons, will take it upon themselves to oppose you and attempt to sabotage the effort. But if you are submitted to the Lord and your life is in His hands, they do not have any say in the matter! Disregard the nay-sayers and those who would come against you, and He will continue to direct your path (Prov. 3:6).

Even the Lord Jesus had to deal with those who would attempt to obstruct His calling (who, behind it all, was Satan trying to thwart the perfectly designed plan of God to save mankind). When Peter rebuked the Lord for saying He would suffer, die and be resurrected, Jesus responded, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men (Mat. 16:21-23).” Being mindful of the things of God and ignoring the things of men will actually keep you focused on your purpose and immune to the worldly influences sent to distract you, just as did Zerubbabel and Jeshua, along with the prophets of God, in the rebuilding of the temple. (It will also keep us from being among the detractors of those working toward their godly goals.)

The apostle Paul was another, of course, who faced frequent opposition, yet managed to remain on task and all the while encourage others to do the same. He wrote the believers of Philippi, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6),” and “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:13, 14),” two verses that reflect a positive attitude and hope for the future as one presses ahead in the calling despite the circumstances.

Regardless of the intensity of the opposition, stay on the path that the Lord has determined for you, remember the word that the Lord gave you when He called you, and press on. Perseverance leads to great satisfaction and reward. As Proverbs 13:19a says, “A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”

Digging deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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3 Responses to Gems 2015 —- May 16 Scripture Selection: Ezra 1-5

  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    As it happens we were doing Ezra 3 and 4 in our church this morning (it being Sunday on this side of Earth 🙂 ). The opposition to the rebuilding of the temple was so like the opposition we see as Christians even now: the opponents were happy to lie in order to get an adverse finding from the king of Persia. It was only some time later that Haggai and Zechariah passed on God’s instruction that the work should recommence, by which time God had also seen it that the letter in Ecbatana would be found and Darius would be disposed to grant the request – and more.

    Although we didn’t cover it, its my thought that God does allow people to condemn themselves like the officials who lied and the previous king who failed to validate what they said. And in God’s plan not everything happens immediately – indeed the true Temple wasn’t established for another ~500 years: Jesus himself.

    • jsue says:

      good point. It’s only up to us to remain on the right path and complete our assignment. We won’t even know, perhaps, the bigger picture and just how our assingment plays into the bigger scheme of things.

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