After seventy years of Babylonian captivity, God had allowed the Israelites to return to the land that had been promised to them. Their main task was to rebuild the temple. However, they had decided to quit when they encountered resistance from surrounding people groups. Instead of building the Lord's temple, they retreated to build their own homes.
This week, Pastor Doug challenges us to examine how well we put God first in our own lives. We should have no fear of rejection or failure, since God has promised to be with us. We, however, must ask if we are seeking to be with Him.