Ezra 6:22 Celebrate With Joy

For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel. Ezra 6:22

After receiving some opposition to the building of the temple of God in Jerusalem, the people had received permission to continue building from the king. Once the temple was finished being built, they celebrated for seven days. They were filled with joy because they knew that it was God who had changed the mind of the Assyrian king. Not only did the king allow them to build the temple, he also assisted them by providing many of the supplies needed.

Most people celebrate with joy about difficult things that they have accomplished. Very few people will not celebrate a great accomplishment. The world, however, celebrates it because of what they have done. Self is often looked at as the one who had accomplished everything and deserved to be able to finish it.

Others will often look at it as being very lucky that everything went in their favor.

Believers in Jesus, should be like the Israelites, in knowing that it was God who had given them the ability to finish the project. It was God who had changed the mind of the enemy to give them favor in finishing the building project.

As a believer you must keep yourself to the back. Realize that it is God who is at work in and through you. It is only by God’s power that you can do anything. When a difficult time presents itself in the midst of doing something for God, it is God who provides the way to keep going. Do not be like the world and take the credit.

When you are finished with doing God’s will, celebrate with praise the work that God helped you to do. Celebrate that it was God who cleared all the obstacles in the way to being able to finish. It is God who is in control, not you nor the world.

Who are you celebrating?

God? Or yourself?

God? Or this world?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know God’s power over this world; that you will see God’s favor in your life; that you will give God praise for His work; and that you will celebrate God’s work, not yours or this world.

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