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Never forget WHO is in charge

There are many days when we can despair as we look at events swirling around us.  Reading the opening verse of the book of Ezra, though, re-centres our hearts and minds on what is really true.

In the first year of in-chargeCyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom.”

When Cyrus broke onto the historical scene, I assume, he believed it was simply the result of his cunning and smarts.  The biblical writers ‘interpret’ the situation differently.  It is not Cyrus who was in charge.  It was God.

One commentator put it this way: “In its quiet way, however, Ezra 1:1 shows not only that this mighty king was subject, whether he knew it or not, to the promptings of God (who “stirred up his spirit”), but also that God had brought him to pre-eminence for the very purpose of the salvation of his people.”

Now we all know that.  Yet, we can be easily blindsided by an event that happens and causes us to be late for a meeting, postpone a translation workshop, or seemingly place a roadblock in ‘completing’ the hand off of ministry in a particular place. What oozes out of our hearts, at that moment, is not trust and confidence in our great God, but discouragement at having to ‘figure out what to do now’.  We exchange the truth that God is in charge for the belief that we are in charge and must do something to figure out how to solve this new problem.

Read that verse again.  Its simple, yet straightforward message is something I struggle to hold on to each day. However, it is clear about WHO is really in charge.

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