Follow God’s Urging

Jan's Land 30-5-2011After your heart has been broken encountering roadblocks in trying to respond to God’s call, it can be very difficult to get started once again. However, if God is urging you to push forward, to get going again, you must. Even if the circumstances look like they haven’t changed, God is at work.

At the same time Tattenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and Shethar-bozenai and their associates came to them and spoke to them thus: “Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?” They also asked them this: “What are the names of the men who are building this building?” But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report should reach Darius and then an answer be returned by letter concerning it. – Ezra 5:3-5, ESV

In the first couple of verses of Ezra 5, we’re told that God reached out through his prophets and leaders to get the people started in the rebuilding of the Temple. So far as they were aware, there had been no change in the edict from Artaxerxes. In fact, there hadn’t been. Yes, there was a new king, Darius, but they had no indication that he favored their restarting the work. Yet they got started because God directed them. Then it happened again.

The adversaries arose including the head of the province, Tattenai. Those adversaries demanded to know who gave the Israelites permission to restart the work. Of course, the answer was no one did that Tattenai and his crew would accept, for it was God. What the adversaries did next was not surprising: they collected names. The folks who were working on the Temple were going to be reported.

At this point, a lot of people would have decided it was time to get scarce. They would be afraid of the might of the government and they would try to flee and escape whatever punishment the government wanted to mete out. In this case, we’re told that the elders, and therefore the people under them, did not stop work and would not stop work until they got the response back from Darius. So not only did they restart after such heart break, but they continued the work under duress.

God would not disappoint. He would move Darius to order the work be completed and further that the adversaries in question help but not hinder. The adversaries were told to stay away but provide whatever the Israelites needed with respect to money, supplies, and offerings. He would actually use the prompting of the accusers against them. God would see His Temple rebuilt. That’s why, if God is directing us in a direction, we should go. Nothing might have changed to that point, but going forward God will ensure the right changes happen. This can be especially hard after heartbreak, to get started again, but God delivers on His promises. If He is prompting us to restart, He will provide the means to complete that which He has called us to do. The history recorded in Ezra is just one example. There are a multitude of examples in Scripture. It all boils down to us trusting Him to deliver. He will.

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