Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ezra 8:15b, 21 NIV 2011

When I checked among the people and their priests, I found no Levites there.

There, by the Ahava Canal, 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, with all our possessions.

 

God challenged Ezra: begin a revival in the people’s hearts and rebuild the temple. Eventually 74 priests returned to Jerusalem. Ezra 2:40, “The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel 74.” Levites were needed as God’s leaders guiding the people. Their journey would not be without danger. Ezra called the people to fast and pray. Psalm 5:8, “Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.” Ezra 8:23, “So we fasted and petitioned God about this, and he answered our prayer.” Successful leadership flows from God’s gracious hand.

 

Having had the pleasure of serving in leadership roles in both secular and Christian organizations, it makes no difference where we serve. God is consistently in control. He persistently calls me to progressively higher places. With my heart renewed and focused on Him, there isn’t much we can’t accomplish. Proverbs 3:6, “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Psalm 5:8, “Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.” My successful leadership flows from God’s gracious hand.

 

Where is God calling you into leadership?

 

Following His direction,

S

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