Don’t Look to Man When You’ve Asked God
“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.” (Ezra 8:21-23)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about faith is we must learn to trust God and believe in His word, or we will never see His power manifested in and through us. We say that we are born-again and that our God can do anything, but as soon as many people have an issue they run to man for their help and answer. I believe that God wants us to learn how to wait on Him and trust Him so that we will have a testimony of His miraculous power. Ezra wrote that they had told the king that the hand of their God was upon all them for good that seek him, but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So, they were not about to go back and ask him for a band of soldiers and horsemen to help them against the enemy in the way. They proclaimed a fast to seek God and God answered them. Do you get the message? Don’t tell people in the world that God can do anything and then turn to man for your answer. If God can do anything, then we need to learn to trust Him and wait upon Him to answer. “As without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Sing: I believe God, I believe God, that He will do just as He said. Trust and obey, believe Him and say, I believe, I believe, God.
Thought For Today: Push back from the table every so often and seek God for your answer (Parker)