Daily D – Ezra 3:12-13
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Are you more prone to favor the good ol’ days or everything new and innovative? Where’s the balance? Let’s learn from the past to build a preferred future.
We live in a time like every other time, an age like every other age. Worldviews compete and ideals wrestle. Media shout while common people weep. Refugees seek a place of safety and possibility while politicians manipulate groups like chessboard pieces to gain more power, to wield more sway.
We ignore God’s instructions to do what is right, just, fair, and compassionate for everyone everywhere. We disobey his command to love all people. Some want to go back to the way things used to be. Some remember how things weren’t all that great back then, at least not for everybody.
There are truths every generation should live by and transfer to the generations who follow in their steps. There are prejudices every generation should seek to eliminate in preference for a disposition of loving behavior that seeks the highest good for everyone.
Today is a good day to weep for our losses.
Today is a good day to shout for our achievements.
Today is a good day to view each from God’s perspective ensuring what we see is how he sees things.
If you prefer the past, bring forward only what is right, just, fair, and compassionate. If you prefer the new and innovative, choose only what is the highest good for all people everywhere. In all things, seek the heart, mind, and hand of God. This turns tears of loss into streams of joy. This turns shouts of celebration into declarations of praise.
I will learn from the past to join God in building a better future.
Our Father, remind us of truth that stands the tests of time. Empower us to use the tools of this age to expand your kingdom rule and reign where justice, fairness, kindness, and compassion express your loving heart to all people everywhere. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”
Daniel 1:17-20 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.