“The good hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach His statutes and rules in Israel.” (7:9b-10)
The LORD is motivated by His love for us. He sets Ezra up for success, because Ezra is someone who is going to tell Israel about Him.
“Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going out is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
I love this verse because it encapsulates much of the purpose of life: to know God.
It’s not about structures and edicts and how much treasure He provides. He wanted Israel in that land to know Him and be in the way of the nations on the world’s most crossed trade route.
The enemy is always trying to get me to believe my life is out of control, that God doesn’t care where I live or what I do. This, I’m learning again, is simply not true. He has moved me (and moved mountains and governments and treasures to get me here) into the lives of people who need to know Him. He has put me in their way. And yeah, sometimes that’s going to be intimidating, inconvenient, complicated and possibly dangerous. But it’s also going to be worth it.
God’s hand was upon Ezra and His hand is upon me, even when I don’t feel it. He has very lovingly and purposefully moved us into time periods boundaries of inhabitance (Acts 17:26).
Where has He placed you? Who’s way are you in? Let us press on to know the LORD. He will come to us, just as certainly as it will rain in Portland again.