THAT’S MY KING: Ezra Chapter 7 afterthoughts

Yesterday we talked about the encouragement of king Artaxerxes of Persia. There is something so powerful about studying God’s Word line upon line and chapter by chapter. I feel like I know Ezra, and I look forward to seeing him in heaven one day! I ponder during my quiet time conversations and circumstances surrounding his life story and those who were a part of rebuilding the Temple. Chapter 7 highlighted the king and his generosity. Without his generosity and support would the rebuilding have occurred? As soon as I wrote that question, I heard the scripture in my heart from Mordecai telling Queen Esther

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

God is sovereign.

Does it take a mammoth and impossible vision to know the riches of “the king”? Do you have to be in a hard spot or difficult circumstance to know the power and sovereignty of “the king”? Writing yesterdays post on the encouragement of the king left me with similar thoughts and questions. What is the likelihood of such a magnificent occurrence? We could draw from the encouragement in small matters, but would we find ourselves in a position of leadership in which our boss or president would honor our vision and support the vision without question and with provisions?

God answers our questions.

I was reminded of a pastor’s sermon from years ago that went viral.  Someone recorded the sermon, probably on cassette tape, and long after the pastor left this world his sermon is still encouraging others.  Nothing is random.  My remembrance of  this sermon came from conversations and going about life.  I took the time to listen this morning.  Jesus made it clear to me.  “Anna, I AM your KING!  I have already provided and will continue to provide for you through my work and who I AM.  I AM.

I’m one of the ordinary people who left Babylon to rebuild.  I accepted Jesus as my Savior on an ordinary, extraordinary day and I’ve led an ordinary life with the provisions from an extraordinary King!  His provision, decrees, and support ARE the REASONS my life is extraordinary!

Yes–THAT’S MY KING!  I wonder….do you know Him?

Take the time to listen to the video clip:

That’s My King Dr. S.M. Lockridge 

Shadrach Meshach Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) was the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, a prominent African-American congregation in California from 1953 to 1993. He was known for his preaching across the United States and around the world.

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