4 Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build 5 and bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
God doesn’t promise us easy lives. He promises that we will be persecuted because of Him. But take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
In Chapter 4, we see the Jewish people being ‘discouraged’. We see men determined to keep the temple from being built. My small group leader in college once told me that Satan will try anything he can to stop us from following Christ and doing His will and that we often know we are doing the right thing because things get harder. Matthew Henry writes, “Every attempt to revive true religion will stir up the opposition of Satan, and of those in whom he works”. As daunting as this sounds, God promises that he will be with us every step of the way. He never leaves us or forsakes us (Deuteronomy 31:6). And He never leaves the Jewish people either. So despite the hard times and trials we go through, we know that God is with us and that HE WINS.
Lord, thank you for never leaving my side, even in days of trouble and weakness. Thank you for giving me your strength. Please help me not to be discouraged when Satan attacks, for it is my tendency to doubt your plans. Amen.