Ezra 4-6, Psalm 137
Just because a project is blessed by God, doesn’t mean it will always be smooth sailing. The Jews were excited about rebuilding the temple. Satan, not so much.
Evil men caused trouble for the Jews, and the work on the temple came to a screeching halt. But what I get from reading these chapters is, the Jews didn’t give up. They must have been convinced that God was in this, so they waited.
But they didn’t just sit on their hands. They wrote letters, I’m thinking they prayed. We know that eventually the work was able to resume, and the temple was completed.
I like how the Jews handled this situation. They could have viewed the stop work order as God closing a door. But before they did that, they tested the waters. They spoke with authorities, wrote a letter to the king, and they waited.
Waiting is not the same as giving up. Sometimes when we wait we reveal our God to people around us. We can always find things to do while we wait: confessing, praying, preparing, witnessing. There is doing in waiting. And God, in His timing, will bless our patience, our diligence, and our trust in Him to accomplish His will.