The Hand of God
“For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.”
One of the things evident in Ezra’s ministry is that the hand of God was upon him. Several times throughout the Book of Ezra it is said that the “hand of our God” or “hand of the LORD” was upon him. Several things happened in his ministry because of the hand of God.
First, Ezra saw deliverance because of the hand of God. When the enemy was ready to ambush them, it was the hand of God that protected them from the enemy’s plot. There are so many stories of God’s hand protecting people from those who desire to hurt God’s people. It was the hand of the LORD that opened they eyes of Elisha’s servant to see the armies of angels who surrounded them when the enemy came to kill them. My friend, you are always safest when the hand of God is upon you. My parents used to tell me as a child that you are safer in the will of God than you are out of the will of God. You are safer in God’s will because of His hand being upon you. One of the best ways to stay safe is to get God’s hand on your life.
Second, Ezra experienced his needs being met because the hand of God was upon him. In verse 18, God gave Ezra the wisdom needed to build the temple because His hand was upon him. I don’t know what your needs are today, but I do know that if you will get God’s hand on your life, you can be assured that He will meet those needs. The greatest provider to your personal economy is the hand of God that provides your daily needs. Stop looking for others to meet your needs, and get God’s hand on your life; it is then that you will experience the provision His hand provides.
Third, Ezra received strength because of the hand of the LORD. Ezra 7:28 says, “…And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me…” So many times when I am tired, I ask the LORD to give me the strength I need, and the amazing thing is that He always provides me with the strength needed. My friend, you don’t need the energy drinks as much as you need the strength of the LORD from His hand being upon you. Energy supplements wear off, but the hand of the LORD always has the strength needed to make it through whatever load you are carrying each day. If you are in need of strength, look no further than the hand of the LORD because His hand can give you the strength you need.
Fourth, Ezra experienced victory over the impossible because of God’s hand on his life. In Ezra 7:6, Ezra needed God to speak to the heart of a heathen king for help, and it was the hand of the LORD on his life that allowed his requests to be answered. Christian, the greatest victories will come from the hand of the LORD on your life. Stop trying to work out the miracles you need in your life and get God’s hand on your life. It is when God’s hand rests upon you that you will see the impossible become possible. Only God’s hand can make the impossible reality.
My friend, what is it that you need today? Do you need a miracle, strength, daily provision or deliverance? Look no further than the hand of the LORD. Give your effort to getting God’s hand on your life. It is His hand that can bring these things to your life.