This Month's Promise

“..Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.I have purposed it; I will also do it.”

- (Isaiah 46:11)

Read: Ezra 7: 6,10,11


“Blessed is the man ... (whose) delight is in the law of the Lord, ...” (Psalm 1:1-2)

Ezra was used mightily by the Lord as His instrument in the fulfillment of His plans in history. Ezra 7:10 says, “He had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.” Ezra was a teacher well versed in the law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. (7:6) Even King Artaxerxes called him, “a teacher of the Law of the God of heaven.” (7:12) Secondly, Ezra 7:6, 7:28 say that “the hand of the Lord his God was on him.” This meant that God’s presence was with him granting him protection, guidance and provision. Thirdly, Ezra was meticulous in maintaining a careful account of all the silver and gold articles received from the house of God. He set apart twelve priests and others and weighed out to them the offerings and told them, “Guard them carefully until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem before the leading priests and Levites ...” (8:25,29) Upon arrival at Jerusalem, “everything was accounted for by number and weight, and the entire weight was recorded at that time.” (8:34) What an example of honesty and faithful stewardship on the part of a leader! Fourthly, when it came to Ezra’s notice that the people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, had married the Gentile women, he prayed and confessed, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God. And a large crowd of Israelites were pricked in their hearts and they too gathered around him and wept bitterly. He then advised them to separate themselves from the foreign women and the whole assembly responded to him positively.

Dear friends, Ezra yielded fully into God’s hands to do whatever He assigned for him to do. Let us follow his example. Let us be honest and let us like him offer ourselves to be used by the Lord in this part of the history.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I humbly submit myself to you to be used as your instrument in the fulfillment of your plan in this era. Let Ezra’s life motivate me to live in honesty and integrity. Let me live a witnessing life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.