As I read Ezra 1 I am reminded of God’s faithfulness.  I am reminded of his ability to accomplish his plans despite mans plan to thwart.  Our God had given the Israelites over to their enemies, but God was still in control.  I love verse 5  “Then rose up the heads of the father houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem.”  Our God is capable of stirring souls.  Even when we may feel that all is lost.  Even when God’s people had “been given over to the enemy”.   They were given over, they were never taken.  Our God was in control and knew what would bring him the Glory that he is deserving of.  He knew that the picture of restoration that would be displayed here would be a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ who was to come.  What a reminder that in our struggle, the restoration that God brings is so much more.

Thank you Lord for the ability to rejoice in this “light momentary affliction” as Paul says, because we are confident of your plan.  We are confident of your ability to work it all together for your Glory.  What a great God we serve that allows us to know that we will win this war.  Our God will prevail.  For those that have been saved, that have repented and believed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their life, that they will reign, and will inherit eternal life.


–  Josh

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