Ezra 4:24 ” Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a stand-still until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.”

The book of Ezra recounts the efforts of the Jewish exiles who returned from Babylon to rebuild the Temple.  Sixteen years would pass between the laying of the foundation and when work would take up again.  God gave them the vision for the Temple…it was started…but then suspended.  Just like the exiles, we too hear from God and plunge forward only to be sometimes detained.  Sadly, it’s usually at that stoppage we throw in the towel and  claim failure.  But just because there’s a delay doesn’t mean it’s a defeat. The Lord never goes back on His promises, and any vision He’s given you…even if it’s been years…is still viable in His eyes.  Remember, a delay doesn’t mean a defeat.

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