Ezra 8: Fasting for Protection

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. -Ezra 8:21

Have you ever fasted? Many of the great leaders of the Bible did. Ezra once proclaimed a fast for safety before leaving the Ahava Canal for Jerusalem.

This time fasting was not just personal, but a fast by the community of those returning to their homeland. They prayed for a safe journey for themselves, their children, and their possessions.

Much could be said about this time of prayer, but one quick thought stands out–God answered this prayer.

God desires for his people to come to him and devote prayer. This can even include times of fasting. When we do, we can rest assured God is listening and will answer according to his perfect will.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

Ezra 7: Dedicated to the Word of God

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. -Ezra 7:10

Ezra is one of my heroes of the Bible. An exiled priest who helped lead the return of Jews to Jerusalem, he was known for three things–studying God’s Word, obeying it, and teaching it to others.

First, he was devoted to God’s Word. This means he had read it, meditated upon it, and even written it down at times. Some traditions claim Ezra had memorized the entire Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. Even if this account is legend, it is a legend based on fact–the fact that Ezra had dedicated his life to knowing the words God had revealed.

Second, he observed the law. It’s one thing to read the Bible; it’s quite another to live it. Ezra was known for both his wisdom and his lifestyle that reflected God’s desires for his people.

Third, Ezra taught the Word of God to others. Those who know Scripture and live its principles are those best qualified to teach it.

Still today, God seeks such people. He has called us to study his Word, to live by it, and to teach it. Many have a Bible, yet few read it. Among those who do, fewer live it. Among those who live it, fewer are able to teach it. May God strengthen you and I to grow in wisdom and love through the power of his Word.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

Ezra 6: Mission Accomplished

14 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. 15 The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. -Ezra 6:14-15

God answered the prayers of the people to once again rebuild the temple. They did, encouraged by Haggai and Zechariah.

The result? The project was completed. No longer would the temple lie in ruins. It would once again serve as the center of Jewish worship.

We often find ourselves wondering if we will ever complete the mission God has given us, the project of the day, or even the task at hand. What God has called us to do, he will empower us to complete.

Do not be discouraged. Trust in the Lord and do the work to which he has called you. He will be faithful. His power is more than enough.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.


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