Scripture: Ezra 6:6 King Darius of Persia wrote “Now you, Tattenai, keep away; 7 let the work on this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. 8 Moreover I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God: the cost is to be paid to these people, in full and without delay, from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province Beyond the River. 9 Whatever is needed—young bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests in Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, 10 so that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his children.”
Observation: After many years in exile, God made a way for some of the people of Israel to return to their homeland from Babylon and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. They were well into the project when they were questioned by a local governor. Under whose authority were they building? The passage from today says it all. King Darius himself responded by letter that no one was to get in the way of the rebuilding of the temple of God. Not only that, the expense of the project would be funded by the king himself. There was no reason for King Darius to be so supportive of the rebuilding of the temple – except for the fact that God had ordained it. When the Lord makes a way, it will be done. This is the favor of God in action.
Application: We see this kind of thing throughout scripture. God gives favor to people who are able to accomplish great things, overcome great odds, not because they are such amazing people but because we belong to an amazing God. God continues to do this sort of thing to this day – for regular people like you and me.
I’m guessing many of you reading this blog are in need of God’s favor right now. There is an opportunity in front of you, but success seems remote. Or you’re well on your way, but a major obstacle has presented itself and you’re not sure how to overcome it. Know this:
If our God has ordained something, it WILL come to pass.
Don’t worry that you don’t appear to have what it takes to finish the task. It’s not about you. The apostle Paul put it this way, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Philippians 4:13) Pray for the Lord’s favor and blessing and then watch the hand of God move for you.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, come to the aid of those who pursue difficult things that honor you. Give us your favor that you might be glorified in us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.