Scripture reading for May 6th: Ezra 7-8
We are all on a journey through this world. Each day we face spiritual opposition from our enemy Satan. He desires to steal all the riches of our knowledge of Christ and kill or destroy us and our faith. (John 10:10) We must prepare ourselves each day to walk with God in His power and guidance to be successful and arrive at His Temple in heaven!
Ezra had been chosen by the king of Persia to lead this group because he was a priest of the Lord and a man familiar with the Law of God. God knew that the spiritual foundation of rebuilding His temple would be the most important part. Not only was the Lord’s temple in disrepair, but His people needed a new foundation of truth and obedience. Ezra was a man known as a teacher who was learned in the law of God. (Ezra 7:10-12)
Ezra knew that his mission to Jerusalem from Babylon would be dangerous. The caravan route that his team of leaders must take was full of bandits and most would take armed soldiers if they were carrying valuables. Ezra’s team was carrying lots of valuables. In fact, the weight of gold was nearly 4 tons and the silver was nearly 25 tons! This did not count all the gold and silver vessels that had originally been taken from the Temple and were given by the king of Persia for the restoration. (Ezra 8:24-27)
Ezra called his team together for a fast to humble themselves and petition the God of heaven for a safe journey. He had told the king that the hand of God was upon them and now he knew that they must trust God by faith to protect them. (Ezra 8:21-23) Ezra felt that to ask the king for soldiers would deny the God that they served. God answered their prayer for protection! All the people and valuables made it to Jerusalem and were weighed in at the temple building site. The glory went to God!
Where God guides and His people walk by faith in Him, He provides abundantly. As you continue your journey through life, remember to be dependent on the Lord each day for His guidance and protection. We all could use “traveling mercies” for our journey! May God bless you and keep you this day and make His face shine on you! (Numbers 6:24-25)