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.):
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