Ezra 3:11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. 13 No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
This is the story of the rebuilding of the temple after one of the captivities of the Israelites. The folks who had been around awhile and had seen the former glory, wept because it didn’t compare and the newer generation shouted for joy because it was getting done at all.
Both groups now paying attention to their place in God’s plan, but differing reactions. The older generation remembering their sin had caused the destruction of their place of worship, saddened. Those coming to see the renewing of their faith with great joy. All of life is mingled with sadness and gladness.
Our plans and the outcome are not always to our liking, but our joy can and should be full at all times with the recognition that God is walking through our valleys and over the mountain tops with us. Our joy in the Lord should always be there, and the sadness should only come in our lack of obedience, at which point we can repent and rejoice.
In every persons life the ‘clean slate’ brings peace and joy. When we confess our sins and repent and turn to follow God with our whole hearts, the sadness and sorrow of our lack of obedience often haunts us. It is then that we need to recall the WORD…Psalm 103:11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him. 12 AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.…