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04
Nov

The Hand Of Our God

As I write this on Election Day 2020, who knows what the state of our nation will be when you read it.  There is much at stake, and the nation is certainly not of one accord.

But I can confidently echo the words of Ezra:  The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”  (Ezra 8:22)

Ezra the scribe lived during the time of the exile.  He had been given several things by King Artaxerxes of Persia:

  • Permission to return to Israel in rebuild the temple and to take with him any that wanted to go
  • The temple articles of gold and silver that had been taken during the Babalonian captivity
  • Permission to rebuild the temple and send Artaxerxes the bill

They headed out, with their families and a lot of costly merchandise, but were basically unarmed. Let’s pick up the story:

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.      (Ezra 8:21-23)

So as we think of what can happen; what the future holds for the Church of Jesus Christ, for America, for each one of us, we can proclaim: “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” 

That does not mean that we do nothing–they fasted and prayed.
God answered. 
They sought God’s protection.
He provided.

The God we serve never changes.  So let’s look for the hand of God to act for good as we seek him.  And let’s trust God to take care of those who forsake him. 

All grace to you,

Pastor Mike

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