The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former. Haggai 2:9
If you’re discouraged, think of Robert Mills. In 1836, his plans were chosen for the Washington Monument. But money didn’t come in, and construction was delayed for years. Then engineers found the ground was too soft, so the site was moved. Saboteurs destroyed a prized block of marble, and donations dried up. Vandals defaced the monument, and construction stopped again. After Mills died in 1855, his monument was an ugly, defaced stump. But today visitors stand in awe of the world’s tallest obelisk, and at its pinnacle are the words LAUS DEO, Latin for “Praise be to God.”
In Ezra 4, the workers trying to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem grew discouraged, and the work stopped for many years. But God sent Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the workers, and the day came when their rebuilt temple became a pulpit for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rather than viewing problems as obstacles, we should see them as opportunities for praising the God who works things out for our good in His timing. Discouragement drains our spirits; perseverance accomplishes the job—especially when the cry of our heart is “Praise be to God!”
It is always hard to see the purpose in wilderness wanderings until after they are over. Attributed to John Bunyan
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