Do not forgive their iniquity
and let not their sin be blotted out before You,
for they have demoralized the builders.
Thus in Judah it was said,
"The strength of the burden bearers is failing,
Yet there is much rubbish;
And we ourselves are unable to rebuild the wall."
Yes, God's people were discouraged; yes, the work was overwhelming; yes, there was much rubbish; yes, they were unable; but they kept working. Their perseverance became a witness to God's grace. They joined a large company of believers who persevered and learned that "God is able."
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God wants to show you something of His glory that you cannot receive from a book. It is only revealed to those who persevere. God's grace (1 Peter 4:10) and God's wisdom (Ephesians 3:10) are manifold, and these folds are tucked away from the public eye.
Let's keep working that we might see the glory of God.
For me to live is Christ.