“19 On the fourteenth day of the first month, the returned exiles kept the Passover. 20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were clean. So they slaughtered the Passover lamb for all the returned exiles, for their fellow priests, and for themselves. 21 It was eaten by the people of Israel who had returned from exile, and also by every one who had joined them and separated himself from the uncleanness of the peoples of the land to worship the Lord, the God of Israel. 22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.” Ezra 6:19-22
We learn the value of joy when we have been through valleys of sorrow.
It was not easy for the people of Israel to rebuild the house of God. There were oppositions and accusations from people who were against them and it took about 50 years (Ezra 4:17-24). It was in this condition that they must have continued to learn to check their priorities and trust God even more.
As we share the gospel whether virtually on social media or personally with people, some unbelievers of God will not like it. Some may accuse of us things that are not true. Satan can manipulate them to stop us, BUT we just have to make a difference and keep on shining for our dear Jesus. 🙂 Then someday and actually even now, we can rejoice with all our hearts knowing that God is with us as we fulfill His work wherever He has placed us. ❤