Ezra 5-6 B

“Moreover, I issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of Judah in the rebuilding of this house of God: the full cost is to be paid to these people from the royal treasury out of the taxes of the provinces beyond the River, and that without delay.” (6:8‬)

Man, what a humiliating day for the “men in the region beyond the river” (4:11). Have you ever “told on someone” and had it really backfire?

These days it seems incredibly easy to get worked up about an event we see (or hear about) unfolding. Sometimes we never investigate, but other times we throw a fit, only to find out we’re on the wrong side of things. Lately, there’s too much being reported to fact check it all.

It’s tough to create a healthy relationship with the news. You want to be informed and maybe you even want to do something. Sometimes, though, it’s just hard to know how to engage, or know what’s true.

Since I am of the tendency to care either way too much (giving in to my tender heart) or not at all (feeding the cynical comedian within), I challenge myself to put down my phone–hide the Facebook or BBC app–and focus on what’s directly in front of me like it’s 1994.

It’s probable most our anxiety comes from overloading ourselves with more than nature would have allowed. We can’t know or care about the whole world, we can only steward what we know. We need to maintain the humility to be wrong, to have our wrists slapped to “mind our own business”, and work to do our best with what we know.

It’s a balance, and it’s one we all need to find for ourselves, with the help of humility and God’s wisdom. Don’t forget He loves to dole that out to those who ask. So ask Him about it today.

-Bethany

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