This Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given…for the hand of the Lord, his God, was on him …Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord…to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
Ezra 7: 6, 10 (ESV)
Do these verses speak to you concerning your own walk with the Lord? In a practical sense, they should. God blesses those who determine to walk in truth and love with him and function within the freedom and efficacy of his generous will, which could lead in any number of righteously viable directions, not necessarily the one you’re walking right now. With his hand gently resting on us, he gives us confidence as he ensures that our spiritual compass is steady and our direction trustworthy. For this faithful guidance provides motivation and significance to our walk as we become more focused and purposeful in God’s eyes.
For what purpose is God’s guidance if we don’t devote our efforts to a virtuous outcome to life? Ezra earnestly purposed, in his heart, to learn the Law’s statutes, principles, and rules thoroughly, but even more significantly, to follow through and teach them to his beloved Israel.
To ensure that God’s guiding hands come to rest on us and effectively remain there, we should yield our heart to his purpose and commit ourselves to a life of righteous intent, just as Ezra did. And, just as Ezra did, we need to recognize and actively employ our own God-ordained gifts and abilities to his purposes. Yes, our talents and skills are all God given to build the body of Christ into a fully functioning ministry, while remembering that we can only effectively develop our Godly talents and skills by using them to the benefit of the Kingdom. Let’s make his purpose for each of us our heart’s desire, just as Ezra did.
My Dear Heavenly Father, keep us sensitive and agile to your touch, our hearts filled with your purpose, and our steps sure in the direction that we might bless you and help draw thirsty souls into the Kingdom. Amen.
A F Fischer