Devotional 80

Aug 18, 2014 975

I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from our enemies on the road, because we had told the king: ‘The good hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him . . .” (Ezra 8:22).

After prayer and fasting by the riverside, Ezra and his party were ready to set off from Babylon on their return journey to Jerusalem.  His little admission to a feeling too ashamed to ask the king for an escort is endearing.  I say so because it makes me think he is ‘one of us,’ so human; I feel that I could have good fellowship with Ezra.   Does anyone else feel the same?  Will anyone admit they find it easier to make words about faith in God, than they do to live it? Anyone caught themselves out wanting to take out insurance in the form of more conventional security arrangements—in case the Lord falls down on the job?  It bears thinking about—Ezra’s shame.

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