Reading through the Bible together
There are times in our walk with God when we claim one thing, but act differently. We claim God is all-powerful, but we surround ourselves with human “protections.”
Ezra gives us an example of being consistent with our faith and practice. Instead of asking for soldiers from the king to escort him and the people, an act that may mean that he was not willing to trust God to protect him, Ezra chooses to ask for protection from God. He proclaims a fast “that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions” (verse 22). Ezra believed that “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him” (verse 23). And God answered their prayer.
When God gives us a responsibility, we are to do it faithfully, knowing that we are accountable to God. Ezra charged the men who were assigned to carry the freewill offerings, reminding them that they have been set apart for the Lord and that these offerings were holy. The offering was counted and entrusted to them to safeguard it, and they did.
“Holy One of Israel, give us people we can trust, and teach us to trust You.”
General Vice President