Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 23, 2015

The Hand of the LORD is upon us: “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezra chapter 7.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezra+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given;  and the king granted him all he requested because the hand of the Lord his God was upon him.  7 Some of the sons of Israel and some of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants went up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes.

8 He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.  9 For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon;  and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him.  10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

27 Blessed be the Lord, the God of our fathers, who has put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to adorn the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, 28 and has extended lovingkindness to me before the king and his counselors and before all the king’s mighty princes.  Thus I was strengthened according to the hand of the Lord my God upon me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.  Ezra Chapter 7:  Verses 6-10 and 27-28.

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The hand of the LORD was upon Ezra.

And, what did the LORD cause by His hand upon Ezra?

By the hand of the LORD upon Ezra, the LORD caused the king to grant Ezra all he requested.  Verse 6.

By the hand of the LORD upon Ezra, the LORD caused leading men from Israel to go with Ezra to Jerusalem.  Verse 28.

The hand of the LORD is also upon us!  Praise God!!

What will the LORD cause by His hand upon us?

First, by the hand of the LORD upon us, the LORD will create us to do good works.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

The LORD will give us spiritual gifts such as described in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and Ephesians 4:11-13 for the building up of the body of Christ.

Second, by the hand of the LORD upon us, the LORD will give us the will to do His Will and will work in us for His good pleasure:  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

Third, by the hand of the LORD upon us, the LORD will give us favor in the sight of others so that some will provide what we need and others will follow us.

“I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians;  and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.”  Exodus 3:21.

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’  If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you;  if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”  John 15:20.

Fourth, by the hand of the LORD upon us, the LORD will complete and perfect the good work that He has started in us.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.


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