Ezra 5:1-2 “1 When the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them, 2 then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them supporting them.”
IF GOD SAID IT…
This whole temple rebuilding thing was getting to be crazy. Cyrus had sent back the people to rebuild the temple, but over the years the locals got upset and got them stopped. Now, after hearing from Haggai and Zechariah (remember those names?) two men, Zerubbabel and Jeshua, said, “Enough’s enough! Let’s get back to work!”
Sometimes we have to get up off our blessed assurance and get to work. Even if others are afraid to move, we must begin to do what God has called us to do. You may face opposition. You may face apathy. You may face downright hostilities. But if God has said it, you need to do it.
What a great lesson for our kids! If they can learn this at an early age, it will benefit them greatly in their walk with Christ. Sometimes, the directions of the Lord may seem, well, crazy. But when He has spoken clearly, our only option is to obey. How can you teach your children to hear God’s voice?
Perhaps other believers will remind them of God’s Word. Haggai and Zechariah were used to stir these two men back to the work of rebuilding the temple. Perhaps God will speak to them directly from His Word, which requires them to be in the Word, right? And perhaps He will speak through their prayers. The key is they must listen.
Are you listening? What has God clearly told you to do that you are NOT doing? Get up and go! Do it! Stop procrastinating. Get to work for Him. Don’t just do something! Do what He has told you.