By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
“The people feared the presence of the Lord . . . and they came and worked on
the house of the Lord of hosts, their God” (Haggai 1:12, 14). The Israelites
were convicted of their self-interests and returned to working on rebuilding
the temple. They were back where they should be—building the house of God!
They stood before the foundation of the temple and the walls were beginning to
go up. But something was wrong and many of the older people began to weep! Why?
Because they had seen the splendor of Solomon’s temple sixty-eight years
before and this new one did not measure up. In comparison, it seemed as
The people began to talk of past glory, saying, “This temple has no ark in
it, no mercy seat or cherubim. There is no consuming fire on the altar, no
shekinah glory coming down on the house. After all our hard work, all our
sacrifice and obedience, all our putting God’s interests first, we don’t
measure up! This is nothing compared to what we once saw. Why struggle, why go
on, when we see so little for all that we’ve done?”
A host of God’s people today are giving up because they do not think they
will ever measure up! Like the Israelites, they have gone back to God, back to
putting Him first, seeking His will, building His house. But when they look at
their lives, they say, “I have so little to show for all my struggles! I have
so little of God’s holiness, so little of His glory in my life. Compared to
other Christians, I’ll never measure up. What’s the use of struggling?
I’ll never have victory.”
I am convinced this is why many devoted Christians give up the fight. They
compare themselves to other believers and become discouraged because they feel
If you will just stay true to the Lord and not try to measure yourself by
anything except your own love for Jesus, you can be assured that you are
growing—and God promises to be with you!
Beloved, you can mark this down, because it is God’s promise to you! From the
very hour you focus again on building up Christ’s body—setting aside all
thoughts of measuring up and all selfish ways, letting Him become your
all—you will begin to see His manifold blessing. You can literally mark it
down! You will know He is favoring you, smiling on you, rejoicing in you!