4 Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building. 5 They hired counselors 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.
24 Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Too often we hear the phrase "If it is not God's will then He will close the doors." This story tells us differently.
As the story unfolds we see that it was God's will that the temple be rebuilt, so He divinely orchestrates for a non-God-fearing king to send God's people back to rebuild the temple. It was God's will for the people to return and rebuild yet there were obstacles in their way. If they had believed that saying that if they were experiencing obstacles then it was probably not God's will then they would have stopped rebuilding when the persecution came and the order to stop was given. But we will discover that they did not allow the obstacles and persecutions to stop them from the call of God on their lives. It may have slowed them down but it did not stop them.
The other thing that should be mentioned is that just because we are being obedient to God does not mean that everything is going to go smoothly. We are part of a greater drama unfolding, a spiritual battle, and the enemy will do his best to stop the plans of God. We need to expect opposition, it is par for the course.
Lord, help me not to get discouraged and give up on your call for my life just because I hit some obstacles or roadblocks. I choose to continue faithfully in the direction you have sent me and I am not going to let circumstances alone determine whether I am walking in your will or not.
Are you letting circumstances be the determinant of God's will in your life? How do you determine what is God's will for you?