Saturday, March 22, 2014


Even though they returned to Judah, the people had forgotten God.  Or at least they had forgotten his laws, and how to follow him.  After decades in captivity, they had started to intermarry with their captors, and brought back diluted practices and a watered down faith.

Ezra was a priest who returned with them, and "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)

Ezra begins a spiritual renewal for a people who have lost their way, and a return to God.

A heart that seeks Him.
Ezra prepares the people.
Hope will rise anew.

The people forgot God, but he never forgot them.

If God can offer Grace to his people after 50 years of being separated from him, how much more can he offer a second chance to us, no matter how far we stray, or how often we fall?
Today, forget how often you fall, but remember how often God picks you up again.

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