Дата публикации: 2017-10-23 07:02
I am struck by the fact that they did not wait until the building was done to praise the Lord. Even though laying the foundation was significant, there was a mountain of work left to do. Years would pass before the temple was finished. This was only the first step, but they stopped anyway and gave thanks to the Lord. What a lesson that is for all of us.
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But I do not think we should be overly hard on the old folks. They remembered how good things had been, and they recalled what had been lost through disobedience. It was well that they should weep, and even better that they should pass on the lessons learned through bitter experience many years earlier. It is still true today:
The need the old to remind them of the past.
The old need the to encourage them about the future.
The following text is recorded in Star Swirl the Bearded 's The Great Starswirl the Bearded, the Two Sisters, and the Magical Vortex :
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Second, they relaid the foundation in spite of the enemies all around them. As the story unfolds in the chapters that follow, those enemies will do everything they can to discourage them, to harass them, to oppose them, and to stop them altogether. And in fact, the enemies will succeed for a period of time. It takes courage to stand against a hostile world. When the enemy lines up against you, what will you do then? You put faith ahead of your fears.
Don&rsquo t let your discouragement keep you from doing what you know you have to do. If you can&rsquo t keep your big promises, keep your small ones. If you can&rsquo t follow the big plan, follow the small one. If you can&rsquo t see ten steps into the future, then take two or three steps. Or just take the next step in front of you. Motivational speaker John Maxwell said, &ldquo The smallest act of obedience is better that the greatest intention.&rdquo He&rsquo s right. Better to do a little than to sit around dreaming about doing a lot.
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This is what the people of God did in Ezra&rsquo s day. They rolled up their sleeves, got to work, and as they worked, with the fulfillment of their dreams still far in the future, they offered public praise to God. If this were a parable, I would say, &ldquo Go and do likewise.&rdquo