Scripture: Ezra 6:14-16 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.
Devotional: Success! The Israelites completed the task that God had assigned and predicted they would do. Despite the odds, they were able to complete the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding God’s temple.
Note that they were able to build and prosper “under the preaching” of Haggai and Zechariah. Part of what contributed to the success of this endeavor was their continued commitment to listen to the Word of God being preached. And as it was done, they celebrated and worshipped God with joy.
Do you ever consider how listening to the word of God on a consistent basis contributes to your own prosperity? God blesses those who are faithful to Him, and He guides and directs the path of those whose hearts are turned toward Him.
- What priority do you place on being under the preaching of God’s called ones? How might that impact your prosperity?