Stirred to do the Right Thing (Ezra 1-2)

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.  Ezra 1:2

This morning I find the greatest of encouragement from the beginning chapters of the book of Ezra.  The setting of this book is at the very end of Israel’s 70 year exile.  A generation had been taken captive and most of that generation would have died by the time of Ezra.  Most believe Daniel was still alive, but it would be a new generation who would hear the news, you can go home.

I am encouraged when I realize it was not a Levite or a Priest who caused the king to let the people of Israel go home.  The Bible said, “God stirred the kings heart.”  I am also encouraged when I realize God stirred 42,360 Jews (2:64) and 7,337 servants (2:64) to return to the Promised Land with the intended purpose to rebuild the House of the Lord (1:5).

Brothers and sisters find encouragement in God’s ability even in the most mixed up of times.  Notice part of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

  1. In this mixed up world I rejoice because God knows what He is doing.
  2. In this mixed up world I call out to God in prayer about everything in this world.
  3. In this mixed up world I seek to listen to the voice of the one who has all wisdom and all power.
  4. In this mixed up world I have peace in knowing that He knows more and will do more than I can even conceive.
  5. In this mixed up world I know God is building a kingdom and filling it with kingdom people.

This day I want to get on the team and I want to gather with the team, grow with the team, and go to see all that God will do with His team as the day of His return approaches.

Brothers and sisters be encouraged:

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

One Response to “Stirred to do the Right Thing (Ezra 1-2)”

  1. Rick Akin Says:

    Amen amen brother .

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