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Peppered with Providence

Ezra saw God in everything!  As I read his book, I find a liberal dose of Providence peppered throughout.  God stirring hearts, watching over people, causing a king to be favorable, and placing his “gracious hand” on his people.  Just look at the things that were accomplished as a direct result of God’s intervention in chapters 1-8:

–The Persian king released the captive Jews to return to their homeland. (1:1)

–Jewish leaders decided to go back and rebuild the Temple which had been destroyed. (1:5)

–Their enemies were unsuccessful in stopping them. (5:5)

–The king supported their work on the temple. (6:22)

–The king gave Ezra all he asked for, for his trip to Jerusalem. (7:6)

–God gave Ezra wisdom to appoint leaders. (7:25)

–God encouraged him in his efforts to prepare for the trip. (7:28)

–God provided the right people to go along and serve in the Temple. (8:18)

–God protected them from enemies on the bandit-infested route. (8:31)

And the work was done!  So why am I discouraged about the “impossible” tasks on my plate?  

Ezra’s Secret of Success

Ezra …arrived at Jerusalem on August 4, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the LORD and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.  (Ezra 7:8-10 NLT)

This verse stood out to me recently.  Ezra’s devotion to the Lord and his success are outstanding, and the secret is in these three things he focused on: to study, obey, and teach God’s Word.

I want to do that, too.

— I love to study it, but giving this priority is sometimes difficult when other things crowd my schedule.

–I want to obey it.  Holy Spirit, please show me how it applies to me and prompt me to carry through when those moments come.

–I love to teach.  I pray that not only my words, but my life will be a compelling example of a life like Ezra’s.

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