For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel. Ezra 7:10
It is common for people to be dedicated to something. Usually it is a job, a sports position or some talent that they enjoy doing on a regular basis. Whatever they are dedicated to, they will spend their focused time on learning it, and doing it to the best of their abilities, always trying to perfect it even better. Some of the things people are dedicated to have a lasting value, while most are of only a temporary value.
Ezra had God’s grace upon his life because he had devoted himself to study and obeying God’s Law and to teaching it to the people.
Being dedicated to something means one is willing to give up other things to focus upon that one thing. It causes one to keep from being distracted and going astray. In the end it brings about more perfection in the area being dedicated to.
The world is quick to be dedicated to things that have only a very short-term temporary value, if any good value at all. Often it is focused on self-pleasure and self-glory or promotion.
God has given believers His word, beginning with His law and ending with His mercy and grace. Through His word, one can learn everything there is needed to know about living on this earth and preparing to live in eternity in heaven. His word, the Bible, has a immediate and eternal value to it.
Every believer needs to be dedicated to knowing and obeying God’s word. No matter how many times one has read the bible and studied it, there are new things always to be learned and taught to others. It is living and active and one needs to be dedicated to it.
God has given the perfect manual to answer how you are to live life on this planet. It is His word. Throughout your life you will have many things to learn and do, but the most important thing to learn and do is found in God’s word. Jesus has forgiven you and saved you so that you will be able to live the holy life God has commanded you to live in His word.
Take time daily to devote yourself to studying God’s word and applying it to your life. It will bring you eternal life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be devoted to knowing and obeying God’s word; that you will teach others God’s word; and that you will know the eternal value in knowing God’s word.