Devotions

Delays to My Plans

Ezra 4:24 (ESV) – Then the work on the house of God that is in Jerusalem stopped, and it ceased until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

Debbie and I wanted to go on a cruise for our 10-year anniversary. That was over 30 years ago. I remember it well. We had in mind a big ship on the Caribbean. Instead, on our anniversary, we took a group of Cub Scouts to experience a boat ride on the Mississippi River. It was not the cruise we had in mind.

Our big plans to go on a Caribbean cruise were delayed until our 20th anniversary. I remember that as well. 

Ezra had plans to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. He was on the payroll of the king in Persia. He asked to go to Jerusalem. He made his plans. He gathered his resources. But after arriving adversaries were determined to stop the work. They were successful. The delay lasted years.

I don’t like to wait. I didn’t like waiting to go on a cruise with Debbie. Still, we had our dream and eventually we saw it fulfilled.

I’m sure that Ezra did not like having to wait to complete rebuilding the Temple. I wonder what went through his mind as he waited. I believe that Ezra’s faith in God kept his attitude positive. In chapter 7, verse 10 of Ezra I learn that Ezra studied God’s Word and practiced it. I believe that gave Ezra the strength to wait.

As I face obstacles and delays in what I want to do, I believe that I can also have a positive attitude. I can embrace God who is continually on His throne. I can study His word and put it into practice.

Prayer: Lord God, You know when I face delays and obstacles. They are no surprise to You. I commit to trusting You even while I wait.

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