Ezra 3:11 A New Foundation

Foundation of a building

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Ezra 3:11 

The foundation of the house is one of the most important parts of the building it. It is the foundation that holds the rest of the house up. It must be strong and well built to endure. If the foundation is weak, the house will fall. 

There is always a lot of excitement in the beginning of building a new building, whether it is a house or a business. Many times people hold a great celebration with the breaking of the ground to begin laying the foundation. It is the end of a lot of planning and designing and the beginning of the actual building process.

The Israelites had been put into captivity in Persia, but the king allowed them to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple that had been destroyed. As they laid the foundation, all the people rejoiced very loudly. They were excited at the idea of the temple being rebuilt. It showed them that God was still with them despite what had occurred. It represented the foundation of God in their lives and nation.

Since then the foundation and temple has changed. People are the temple and it is no longer a physical foundation, but one that is built upon Jesus Christ. His death and resurrection is the foundation of the new temple, the heart and life of a person.

Every time a person turns to Jesus, all of heaven is rejoicing in the salvation being done. There is also great rejoicing when a believer, who has strayed away, turns back to Jesus. His foundation is being re-set. The life is no longer built on the shifting foundation of this world and sin, but upon Jesus Christ and His righteousness.

Now is the time to build your foundation of your life on Jesus Christ. If you have never built the foundation, you can start now. If you had built it on Jesus, but let it fall in disrepair, you can return to Jesus and have it rebuilt. Allow your entire life to be built on Jesus and His teachings. It is a firm foundation that will stand for all eternity.

As the foundation is built in your life, rejoice greatly, because God is with you. His love endures forever and He is good.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will be built upon the foundation of Jesus; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will know God’s love and presence in your life.

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Nehemiah 3:1 Rebuilding

Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. Nehemiah 3:1

Nehemiah had received word that the city of Jerusalem and the temple was not being built. He was working for the king of Persia at the time. After being given permission to go and inspect what was going on, he went to Jerusalem and inspected the walls of the city. He then gathered all the priests and the men from all of the tribes together to begin the work of rebuilding the walls.

As captives of the Persian government, the Israelites were given supernatural favor to rebuild their city. It was by God’s grace on them that the Persian king allowed them to rebuild.

People today have allowed themselves to be taken captive by the enemy of sin. Many have allowed themselves to be carried away by the enemy to a foreign land of sin. This includes people who were believers in Jesus at some point in their life.

Jesus has conquered the enemy of sin and death. When you choose to follow Jesus, you are now under His control. In His great love and mercy, He has given you permission to rebuild a house and a temple for Him. This is not something that can be done alone, but as a group of people with the power of the Holy Spirit.

This house and temple is not something physical as the Israelites were building. It is the house of God and the temple of God. Every person who is a believer in Jesus makes up a part of the house of God. Every individual believer is a the temple of God. The believers are called stones in God’s house.

You have a part in rebuilding His house and temple. As you witness and make disciples, you are building His house larger. As you give your life over to Jesus and live more like Him, you are rebuilding His temple.

Take time today to begin rebuilding God’s house and His temple. Be His witness and make some disciples. Live your life more like Jesus.

I pray today that you will be God’s holy temple; that you will make disciples for Jesus; that you will do the work needed to build God’s kingdom; and that God will guide you and give you the needed strength for the work.

2 Samuel 7:22 Still Praising God

“How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our ears.” 2 Samuel 7:22

After David had become king, he decided to build a temple for God. Although God thought it was a great idea for David to build the temple, He told David that he was not the one to build it, but his son would build it. David then begins to praise God and talk about how great He is.

When a person has a great idea or plan for something, most people do not like to have that plan rejected by others. This is especially true when the plan is for something great and for the benefit of others. And it can hurt even more when it is something for God and it is God who rejects the plan.

The idea of building a temple was something that was great for David to plan. He was putting God first in his life and in his country. God does not give David a reason for not building the temple, He just states he is not the one to build it, but his son.

David could have been like most people and become angry with God for rejecting his great plans for God, but he did not. Instead, David praised God, saying how great and unique He is. He chose to praise God, despite the rejection of his plans.

As you go through life, there may come a day when you want to do something specific for God. For unknown reasons, God may reject those plans. He may or may not tell you if someone else will do them. The challenge will then become how will you deal with God’s answer to you?

Will you accept God’s great wisdom and choice and give Him praise?

Or will you reject His wisdom and get angry with you?

God is a great God who knows what is best for your life. You must be willing to trust Him in every area of your life. Then you must give Him praise for every answer He gives you. His answer is the best answer possible.

I pray today that you will know the plans God has for you; that you will trust God’s wisdom and direction for your life; that you will praise God for every answer He gives you; and that you will know that God is a great God.