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Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand
Ezra is my hero. He dedicated himself to the study and teaching of the word of God. That has been my passion since I was 17 years old. I admire Nehemiah. His prayer life guided his work so much that the two are inseparable. Nehemiah was a project manager. He sized up the work, created a plan, organized the workers and oversaw the entire project. Ezra taught God’s word in such a way that everyone could understand and live lives of obedient faith. He lead a great revival that saved the nation from the brink of extinction and enabled them to move the story of God to the next chapter.
Don’t put Ezra in charge of a building project. Don’t ask Nehemiah to preach. God prepared each of them for their separate roles. As we move forward as a church we must recognize the gifts God has given to his body. When each of us works in our individual areas of giftedness the whole body benefits. The common ground for both Ezra and Nehemiah was their personal relationship with God. Each man knew how to prayerfully move in cadence with the drum beat of God’s Spirit. As each of them moved into the work God had called them to do they stayed continually in an attitude of prayer.
Ezra thanked God for the opportunity to return home. He prayed again before leaving on the dangerous journey. He prayed again when he realized the terrible spiritual condition of Jerusalem. Each step of the way he keep returning to his source of strength, encouragement and direction. Nehemiah’s work was of such an urgent nature he couldn’t even change clothes. Danger was ever present and at any moment he and his workers could be under attack. His prayers were not the early morning prayers of someone in a safer environment. He continually turned to God with short sentence prayers. His left hand was doing the work while his right hand firmly held on to the One who never changes.
What is God calling us to be and to do as his church in the future? As each of us moves in harmony with the Spirit of God and focuses attention on the areas where God has gifted them, God will make his will known to us all. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and hold on to God’s unchanging hand. He will guide us if we let him.