Now in the book of Ezra, Ezra led a batch of returning Israelites to Jerusalem. Reading from previous chapter, I learned that Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Therefore, he was going back to fulfill his mission.
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
Ezra 8:21-23 ESV
Ezra’s faith and dependence on the Lord is so admirable. It reinforces my habit to always humble myself in prayer to ask the Lord to protect me, my companions, and the people I encounter whenever I go somewhere. Sometimes, no matter how we look after ourselves we cannot really ensure our safety, only the Lord who holds everything in His hands can grant us that. Moreover, we know that the Lord is pleased to grant us traveling mercy as we seek Him.
Indeed, reading the Bible is such a blessing! It is amazing how the old stories from the Bible helps and inspires us live a God-centered life this modern times.
Soli Deo Gloria!