A visit to the gym has become part of our routine today in our quest to maintain physical fitness. There are those who would prefer tracks for jogs and running. This is an important routine in our quest to remain physically fit.
While this is quite commendable, we also need to embrace similar discipline in the development of our faith muscles. The scriptures gives the account of Ezra one of the champions of the Jews during their return from captivity in Babylon. He had taken time to explain to the king of Persia how great his God was. The king must have been wowed by Ezra’s passion for his God. To test his faith muscles, an opportune moment came and Ezra was to travel many miles back to Jerusalem. The scriptures says Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for escorting soldiers through the bandit filled journey given how he had described his great God to the king. He called for 3 days of prayer and fasting as he trusted God for the journey. How often do we put faith behind the words we speak? Do we shrink back when God gives us an opportunity to exercise our faith muscles? When we get into challenging moments, do we take time to pray or do we rush to people asking for help? Ezra put all his eggs in God’s basket. He backed his words with action and although he could easily have gotten escort, he preferred to trust God. His faith in God did not disappoint for God protected and preserved them. Like Ezra, trust God in your current situation and stop getting mad that people are not helping you!.
“I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:22-23 NIV”
Last modified: February 13, 2020