Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people
of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. They
bribed officials to work against them and frustrate their plans during the
entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of
Persia. Ezra 4
You would have
through this should be a piece of cake. The proclamation was made by the King. Resources
were released to the Jews with a written decree to enhance the rebuilding of
the temple. However opposition arose from all around them. This delayed the
completion of the work. The original temple took 7 years to build; the
rebuilding was reported to have taken 46.
Of course there are many possible reasons why the
rebuilding took so long, Israel wasn’t a sovereign nation at the time, economy
wasn’t as buoyant as it used to be and all around Judah were a host of saboteurs.
In light off all these it was a miracle the temple got built at all.
Perhaps the Israelites expected things to be easy. In the
words of Jim Rohn, “Remember, all good things are located upstream from
us. The passing of time takes us adrift, and drifting only brings us the
negative, the disappointment, and the failure”. You must take control and swim
against the current sometimes, the chances of a ship drifting into the right
harbour is as good as nil. There is no such thing as effortless success.
Oppositions don’t only emanate from outside, sometimes
we are our own worst enemy. This we do through bad habits, wrong relationships
and lack of focus. The goal is not only to do things right, we must also
constantly do the right things.
As you persevere, I see your strength renewed and the favour of God
lavished on you in Jesus’ name. You will accomplish great things, you shall fulfil