This week on the blog, I have been looking at a passage from Ezra that I came across in my daily reading through the Chronological Bible.
In Chapter 7 of this book, Ezra has received the blessing of the pagan King Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple. Ezra is given a letter of passage, provisions and the oomph to insure that the powers that be along the way also contribute to this band of people who are making their way back home.
The focus of my thoughts though comes from the portion of Scripture found in Chapter 8, verses 21-23.
Because as Ezra and the people were ready to set out across around nine hundred miles…with women and children and elderly people…all they owned…he stopped, dropped and prayed.
He proclaimed a fast and cried out to God to protect them as they made their way.
They were toting a fair amount of gold, thanks to the King.
They were vulnerable.
But they had been bold.
Ezra had told the King he didn’t need an army to go with him and the people.
Apparently Ezra had boasted in God.
And it wasn’t because he didn’t believe his God was able that he stopped.
It was because as he and the people who had settled and made a life now stood with all they knew of their comfort zone behind them and the vast unknown before them, what they knew for sure was…they were vulnerable to attack.
There were enemies along the way who had great interest in what they could pillage of their treasure and no interest at all in their well fare and safe passage.
I am thinking this morning of some children I love dearly scattered across this vast country of ours.
They carry a treasure of eternal value in their sweet little jars of clay.
There is an enemy that desires nothing more than to sideline and strip them of it.
He is powerful and crafty and has many agents working at his bidding.
But I have boasted in my God.
So this morning, I bend my knee to the God of heaven and I ask Him for safe passage for those I love as they cross the unknown turf of today and head toward the promise of tomorrow.
Is the Bible relevant to us today?
It is indeed.
Be blessed dear ones.
You are loved and your passage is being covered in prayer today <3