The divine element, seen later

I think the Lord wants to remind me today of his sovereign hand that accomplishes his will. Ed’s words are powerful today, from Ezra 7.

The divine element. This whole episode was guided by “the hand of the Lord,Ezra 7:27,28. Persian policy became favorable because God intervened. He molded history behind the scenes. In ways the pagan monarch did not suspect, he facilitated the purposes of heaven: “teaching all who do not know the will of God,” Ezra 7:25,26.

God’s providence is best seen as we look back over his care in the past, since his work is not always evident in the present. He has revealed his plan, but man cannot always see its outworking.

Focus question: Where have you seen God’s hand molding your history behind the scenes?

  • Brother Ed wrote, “To devote oneself with diligence to the work of God, is the greatest use of life, II Corinthians 12:15; Philippians 2:17; I Thessalonians 2:8. It is the reason for existence, the purpose for drawing breath.” Diligence is a word not used often. It means eagerness, industriousness. The New Testament word is σπουδή and means, “earnestness in accomplishing, promoting or striving for anything,” (Thayer). John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” This is a pretty good idea of what diligence is. Oh, that God’s elect may pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship to do God’s will on earth!

What say you?