SUMMARY: Worship first
OVERVIEW: Israel had not rebuilt the temple yet, but that didn’t stop them from worshipping God. The first thing they did was build an altar and offer sacrifices to God.
BIG IDEA: It is always time to worship God.
KEY VERSE: Ezra 3:3 (leaders overcome fear)
Even though the people were afraid of the local residents, they rebuilt the altar at its old site. Then they began to sacrifice burnt offerings on the altar to the Lord each morning and evening.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I love it when you make prayer and praise a priority in your life. You don’t have to wait for the right time, the right feeling, the right attitude, the right location, the right group of people, or any other reason you can think of. Now is the time to pray. Now is the time to sing praises. Let your heart and mind and soul cry out to me. I am listening. I am ready.
Remember who I am and what I’ve done. Don’t be overwhelmed by the negative in your past. Bring it to me and give me a chance to use it for good in your life. Don’t be intimidated or afraid of your future. Talk to me and allow me to prepare you for what’s to come. Just as I promised, I will be with you always. Don’t worry about your past or your future. Focus on me and on who I am. I will provide all you need. Stay faithful and follow me and see what I will do.
NEXT STEP: Don’t let your service exceed your worship. Spend time with God and put him first today.