A Thought for Today June 13, 2019

A Thought for Today June 13, 2019

“Making Things Worse”
 
Have you ever done this? I know I sure have. I could give many examples.
One of my larger “making things worse”:
My uncle and I own about the same amount of land. There is a road that is between us. His taxes were somewhat cheaper than mine.
I didn’t like that, so I complained to the tax people about it.
I hoped that I would then get a cheaper tax bill.
 
Well horror of horrors, they discovered they were not charging my uncle enough. I attempted to get my tax bill lowered and ended up having his raised.
 
What an embarrassment. My uncle was very gracious towards me, but I was very upset that I had caused him to be charged more.
 
When one goes against the Lord God, the same thing can happen.
 
For instance, Isreal was told by King Cyrus, to rebuild the Jewish temple. The locals did not like this, so they appealed to the next King Artaxerxes and got the work stopped.
 
They believed they had achieved a great victory.
 
Along comes King Darius and the Jews start rebuilding again.
 
The people of that land go to the king to get it stopped. They are ready to celebrate another victory.
 
I invite you to read these next verses to see what happened.
 
“Ezra 6:1-12
1 King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon.
2 A scroll was found in the citadel of Ecbatana in the province of Media, and this was written on it:
Memorandum:
 
3 In the first year of King Cyrus, the king issued a decree concerning the temple of God in Jerusalem:
Let the temple be rebuilt as a place to present sacrifices, and let its foundations be laid. It is to be ninety feet high and ninety feet wide, 4 with three courses of large stones and one of timbers. The costs are to be paid by the royal treasury.
 
5 Also, the gold and silver articles of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, are to be returned to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; they are to be deposited in the house of God.
 
6 Now then, Tattenai, governor of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai and you, their fellow officials of that province, stay away from there.
7 Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.
 
8 Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God:
The expenses of these men are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.
9 Whatever is needed — young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, and wheat, salt, wine, and oil, as requested by the priests in Jerusalem — must be given them daily without fail,
10 so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.
 
11 Furthermore, I decree that if anyone changes this edict, a beam is to be pulled from his house and he is to be lifted up and impaled on it. And for this crime, his house is to be made a pile of rubble.
 
12 May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there, overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.
I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.
 
 
The enemies of God made things worse for themselves when they complain.
 
As believers, we see from time to time that people make things worse for themselves when they opposed the Lord God’s plans. The Bible is filled with people who opposed the Lord God.
 
Jonah went the opposite way the Lord told Him to go and was escorted to Ninevah in the belly of a big fish.
 
Believers, serve the Lord, following His instructions and Ways. He is always, righteous and fair. Don’t make things worse for yourself. Amen

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