So the temple is a ruin and they have started building, long path ahead. Will the glory days ever be back? Do our tiny steps to climb an impossibly huge mountain make a difference to God?
Yes, they do!
It makes all the difference in the world. The Israelites have gone from being cursed and defiled to world shakers. Putting a few stones on each other towards the new temple has unleashed god’s plan of love and grace that will embrace all mankind.
God doesn’t need our strength or our achievements, he wants us to seek him. Turn to him. Acknowledge him. This is what the Israelites have done by responding to the call to build the temple, and it makes all the difference in the world.
It’s a hugely encouraging chapter. Do what you can, where you are. Trust and obey, as the song says, god will do the rest.
Lord I thank you for the simplicity of the Christian life, its a great thing knowing someone else is in charge of the big picture.