… Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built… As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong (Zechariah 8:9b,13 NIV).
Have you been through that phase of life when you were an object of cursing among your foes, friends and relatives? Have you had to taste the bitterness of failure in all that you tried to do? Have you had to know the barrenness that seemed to characterize all your efforts; when you saw no fruit in spite of your best efforts? “Yes, yes, yes!” You might say, “Yes I’ve been through all that.” That is what the Israelites too had to say. But God was there to encourage them because they had started to rebuild the temple of God upon its ruins.
God was telling them that they became an object of cursing because they had forsaken Him. Now that they had come back to Him with a willingness to rebuild the temple of God; He was going to change their life’s destiny. So far they were an object of cursing. But now God was going to change that for them to be a blessing.
That is what God is going to do to you today. With great change of heart, put your hand to God’s work. Let His work be rebuilt upon its ruins. For when His work lies in ruins, you cannot be but an object of cursing. But when you rebuild it, you will be made into a blessing. God Himself is encouraging you today. He is asking you not to be afraid. He is asking you to keep your hands strong. The shame of being an object of cursing will be wiped away and you will be a blessing. Only be strong and rebuild God’s work upon its ruins!