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.” Ezra 8:22
The king of Persia gave Ezra money and permission to take some people with him to go and build the temple of God. The journey home would take them on long deserted roads, where many bandits would be found. He chose not to ask the king for protection on the road, because he had already told him that God would protect them. Ezra stepped out in faith trusting God.
It is very easy for people to believe something, but it is more difficult to actually act out in that belief. There was a story told about a tightrope walker who walked across a rope high off the ground with a wheel barrow several times. All the people loved seeing it and saw that he was good. Then he asked if anyone would be willing to ride in the wheel barrow with him going across the rope. No one would do it.
Many believers say that they trust God and believe all of His words. However, very few will actually step out and act in faith upon those words. Most will have some type of back-up plan available, or a ‘just in case’ plan set up.
As you are going through life, there will come times when your faith in God will be challenged. You will have to choose to either follow God by stepping out in faith, or you will have to back down and do things your own way or the way of the world.
Ezra could have easily asked the king for protection, and would have been seen as wise in doing so. He did not, because he already made a statement of trusting God for protection.
Who are you trusting today? God? Or this world?
Now are you willing to step out in faith, trusting God and His word to you?
I pray today that you will know God’s words to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will act upon what you believe in God; and that you will seek God and His protection for your life.