(Read vs. 27-28 for context)
Finding the Path of God
INTRODUCTION: Three weeks ago we saw that Ezra was getting ready to go back to Jerusalem some fifty plus years after the first group went back and rebuilt the temple. We saw how Ezra looked in the eyes of the pagan king of Persia. What a great and godly testimony of a great and godly man. Now Ezra is actually going to set out on that trip. In v. 22 of chapter 8 we find out that Ezra had told the king that God would be with the ones that did good and be against those that would do evil. Ezra was trusting God to protect them on this trip, so he did not ask the king for extra troops. You see, Ezra wants to be on God’s path. He wants to go where God tells him to go and when God wants him to go there. We find here that Ezra did not know exactly the route God wanted him to take when he set out. We find in this story how it is that a godly person goes down the path that God wants them to follow. How are you going to know what God’s will and way is?
- YOU NEED TO RECOGNIZE WHERE GOD IS AT WORK (VS. 27-28; 15-20)
- YOU NEED TO FAST AND PRAY (VS. 21-23)
- YOU NEED TO HAVE FAITH TO STEP OUT ON GOD’S PATH (VS. 24-36)
CONCLUSION: God has a perfect plan and will for your life. He wants you to work for Him in some areas and not in other areas. His plan and his will are the best places for you to be in life. Look around you to see where God is working and join Him in His work. Fast and pray seeking a peace about where God would have you to go and what He would have you to do. And then step out in faith and do what God has lined out for you to do and watch His blessing pour out on what you are doing.