Daily Thoughts : March 29th
Ezra 1:1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfil the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing
I find this one of the most amazing verses in the Old Testament (all right, there are a lot of them!) It speaks of how Almighty God moved an otherwise godless king to act for Him to release and send back His people to their land following the years of exile.
Now Jeremiah had prophesied this would happen, but it seemed such an impossibility that I am sure that many of the Jews taken into captivity thought that would be the end of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar had been such a tyrant that it seemed impossible that anything could ever change for the good. We have to look in the book of Daniel to see how God dealt with him. Now, years later, Cyrus is the king but he also seems very far from God, yet somehow, one day, suddenly, out of the blue, he turns round and makes a proclamation allowing many of the people to return to the Promised Land.
However did God do it? Did Cyrus read through the captured documents from Israel and come across the Isaiah prophecies that spoke of Cyrus many years before? We aren't told but somehow or other God moved on this king and convinced him that this was the thing to do. By speaking and speaking into this man's mind perhaps, God convicted him to do this. What, years before seemed impossible, now became possible. Hallelujah!
Do you believe the Lord can change what seem impossible circumstances? Believe it and speak it! Don't look at the circumstances around you that may be trying and difficult and think, "This can never change. God couldn't change this." Just because you can't see how He might do it, don't allow yourself to settle in unbelief. If He could speak into the mind of Cyrus, He can speak into the minds of people around you. Trust Him, praise and worship Him, commit you way to Him - and watch!
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