Sometimes the people of God can learn a lesson from the ungodly. In Ezra 4, the Bible tells us that the opponents of those who were trying to rebuild the Temple “hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.” (:5) There is one thing we can learn from these people:
That lesson is persistence! The enemies did not merely try to undermine the work by “joining in” (:2), or by “frightening them from building” (:4); they also hired counselors to speak agains them to the king — and they did it “all the days of Cyrus king of Persia” (:5). They were not easily discouraged from their wicked work. They tried, and tried, and tried again to stop the building of the Temple. You have to give them that: they were persistent!
The truth is, many of us as God’s people need to be as persistent at doing good, as some of these people are at pushing their evil agenda! How many times do we make a weak or half-hearted attempt at something good — even go at it once with all we have — but then if we are thwarted, we stop. What if we were as persistent at doing God’s work, as the sons of darkness are at doing what is evil? Even from such enemies of God as these, many of us could learn a lesson in persistence!