If you’ve been reading along, you probably have a good guess for what comes next.
If you guessed King Darius read the letter sent to him and took the Israelites advice, you’d be correct!
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Upon reading the letter, he had the archives pulled, and just as the Israelites said, King Cyrus authorized the temple construction many years earlier.
Isn’t this one of those, “We told you so moments!?”
But we aren’t surprised, are we?
Once the king confirmed what had happened, he decreed the continuation of construction.
Then he goes about ten thousand steps further.
Not only does he allow the Israelites to continue, but also orders the governor to assist in temple completion and fund it.
He even goes further by declaring the governor was to make sure the Israelites had all the animals, oil, salt, and whatever else they needed in order to sacrifice to God.
The chapter ends with the temple dedication and celebration of the Passover, completely, properly and worshipfully.
So let’s talk about some things that stand out.
A common recurring theme.
You may have noticed, but just about every post on this book points back to God’s provision and his ability to make a way when things seemed hopeless.
I sound like a broken record, but there’s nothing broken about this truth.
Honestly, I find it to be a beautiful reminder over an over of God’s continuous grace, love, and immense patience with his people.
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes need this daily reassurance!
He knows it. I like to think that’s why the entire Bible is full of so very many reminders of his provision.
Today’s chapter is no different- and your life isn’t either!
God loves you deeply and wants to guide you into a meaningful relationship with him.
I realize this may sound a little weird to some, but our entire purpose in this life is to love God with all we are, and then to love others.
If our heart desires it, He will provision it, just like he did for the Israelites.
Not only that, but watch out because he may do it in abundance!
Ask Him to open your eyes for the opportunities you have to love Him and others. Chances are you will begin to see your family, coworkers, friends, and neighbors in a different light.
Just as God blessed the Israelites beyond their wildest dreams (I’m sort of thinking they just expected to get the go ahead to resume. Not that the king was going to roll out the red carpet and then some), He is able to do the same in our lives too.
That doesn’t mean untold riches or never getting wrinkles (haha). It means a meaningful and purposeful life in Him.
One able to heal marriages and friendships.
One able to move mountains of those dead dreams and make streams in the desert of hardened hearts.
The one who calls us is faithful, and he will do it.
So often we are afraid to seek him or ask for his help because we are afraid he won’t do it.
We are content to stay put like the Israelites were a couple chapters earlier.
However, that’s where the whole premise of faith steps in. How many times did Jesus tell his followers to believe? Many. Seemingly countless!
Commit to the Lord all you do, and your plans will succeed. He can equip and empower us to do all things, and it’s about darn time we realize it and take a stand for his truth.
This book is a beautiful reminder of God’s continuous care, verse after verse after verse.
It wasn’t always a walk in the park, and the Israelites weren’t always model students, but God made a way.
Let’s not sit on the sidelines like the years that went by for the Israelites.
Let’s be active participants in our relationship with Christ, trusting he is able to move the hearts of the King Darius’ in our lives- and not only that, but also stir a heart change with us, too!
It’s not about us, it’s about Him. Are you in?