I was looking through some old notes from a meeting that I was in a year or two ago, and I saw that I had written down Ezra 7:10 during the meeting. I believe it was the text of the brother who led the devotional message during the meeting. I went back and re-read the verse, and wow, it really jumps out at you. I encourage you to read it and its context, as well. Ezra goes to Jerusalem from Babylon, and he writes of the rebuilding and dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. When we arrive in 7:10, we see three things about Ezra:
(1) Ezra ‘set his heart’ to study (seek ) the law of the Lord (NASB). The Lord is calling each of us, as His people, to diligently seek His will for our lives. We do this through a dedication to His word. I would like to encourage you to seek His word every day. What does it say? What is it saying specifically to you? Finally, have you come to the point of dedicating (setting your heart) to study God’s word?
(2) He sought to practice what God’s word said to do. Once we begin to read and study God’s word, we also start to realize that it calls us to some uncomfortable situations. The Bible calls us to love our enemies and to do good to those who do us wrongly. It calls us out of our comfort zones. It call us to follow the example of people like the Good Samaritan. But circumstances of life sometimes point us in a different direction from that. Ezra sought to practice what God’s word instructs, no matter what. Have you come to the point where you are willing to obey God’s word, even when it may go against the grain of this world?
(3) He sought to teach Gods word to God’s people. When we love God’s word and seek to follow what it teaches us, it helps us greatly. It goes beyond helping us, though, when we begin to teach to others what God’s word says to us. Ezra realized this and recognized his duty to share God’s truth with others.
God used Ezra mightily. He can and will use you, too. Seek to search the Bible for God’s message to you. Strive to live in obedience to the teachings of the Bible. Share what the Bible is saying, so that others may benefit from God’s message through you. I’ll be praying for you as you move forward in obedience to Him.