January 26th 2016
What Standard Do You Use to Measure Accomplishments?
But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off. (Ezra 3:12-13 KJV)
These scripture verses are speaking of the opulent first temple of God which Solomon had graciously been led to build according to God’s pattern.
The ancient crowd cheers and celebrates upon the finish of the second temple which was built to replace the first temple which was destroyed in the heat of battle.
However, elderly godly men, who fondly remembered the magnificent details and huge size of the first temple built by Solomon, compare the first temple to the less conspicuous second temple, bringing tears to their eyes and weeping to their heart.
The upcoming generation, along with those who are immature, or are spiritually darkened, those who are not familiar with history, or do not spiritually understand the impact of sin upon this dead world rejoice in what appears to be on the surface great advancement and success. However, when compared to progression of history it loses luster and stands dim in comparison.
It matters greatly if the measure of accomplishment is based upon the ever changing standards of this world rather than according to God’s spiritual plumb line founded upon the Truth of His Word. One grades according to a curve, while the other is precise and founded upon the Truth of God’s Word.
Often there are cheers and roar of the crowd of this world which serves to drown out the weeping hearts of God’s servants who can clearly see darkness, depravation, and decline readily at work in this world. However, God gets the last hurrah!