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Thought for the Week: Ezra 3:10-11, 5:15, 6:22

by admin on March 10, 2013 in Faith, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments were stationed to praise the Lord with trumpets […] and all the people responded with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. […] ‘[King Cyrus] said to [Governor Sheshbazzar], ‘Take these vessels; go and put them in the temple in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be rebuilt on its site.’ […] With joy they celebrated the festival of unleavened bread seven days; for the Lord had made them joyful, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel” (Ezra 3:10-11, 5:15, 6:22).

One day Christ will return and all will be restored!  What a precious glimpse of this promise we get from the rebuilding of the temple by the exiled Judeans.  God moved in the heart of King Cyrus and of King Darius to gather the exiled to Jerusalem and to orchestrate the necessary permissions and materials for the temple to be rebuilt.  Even the holy vessels were put back in their rightful place.  What healing and restoration came from this unexpected decree from the king!  As exiles, the thought of their holy city and precious temple being restored was but a wisp of hope, yet God made it happen.

In marriage, there will be times when it feels like you are living in exile—what you have known and even what you have been promised will be diminished, perverted, or stolen.  But God is a God who restores.  He does have a plan, He can orchestrate the necessary pieces to rebuild a marriage, and He always hears your cries.  Cling to the Lord Who moves beyond our capacity to imagine so that during the times when you are hanging on to your marriage by a mere wisp of hope, you can believe for restoration.

Father, You are the God Who rebuilds and restores.  Let me never lose hope in You.  Store up in me a strong faith during the times of prosperity so that I may cling to Who You are in the times of despair.  Claim Your rightful place in my marriage always.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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