“God’s Protection” – Dr. Bruce Branan

October 24, 2016

I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us and our children... 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 8:21-22

The time had come for the Babylonian captivity to end, and Ezra was returning with Jews eager to get home and restore the temple sacrifice.  However, the trip was somewhere between 500 and 900 miles, depending on the route, and they were transporting a huge amount of gold and silver from the king, so bandits along the way were a definite possibility. Who would protect them, their families, and their possessions?  Ezra didn’t ask the King for guards to go with them, because doing so would have contradicted what Ezra had told the king about God’s ability to protect.

We often say things in church on Sunday, with confidence, that later in the week we don’t act like we believe.  We pray so much about our safety instead of trusting and worshipping Him who alone is able to truly care for us.  In 8:32 we are told that Ezra and the rest did arrive safely in Jerusalem, with their possessions (including the gold!).  Amazing (from an earthly perspective), but not really.  God is completely able to take care of everything we entrust to Him!

CORNERSTONE:  Holiness

- Dr. Bruce Branan, Professor of Chemistry

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