For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, "The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him."
Ezra, the scribe, had bragged to this heathen king about the greatness of God. Now he was being put to the test as he and many others had been given permission to migrate back into the land of Israel from Babylon. In route, he knew that he and the others would be crossing treacherous territory filled with bands of robbers and wicked men. Certainly a small band of soldiers to escort them would not be out of the question except for the issue of his testimony of God.
Ezra's words should serve to point out that we are made of the same stuff. How often do we talk about the wonderful eternity that has been given to us? We talk about it with a kind of confidence that leaves no room for doubt. Yet, so many of us fear and fret over our daily provisions and temporal future. It is as if we can trust God for our eternity, but not for the present. Therefore, we are quick to look to man and human means for solutions to daily problems. God has put before us, through this man's experience, a challenge for us to trust Him in all things. Frequently in scripture, we are told to pray about all things instead of worrying and to pray without ceasing. Our first course of action when facing any unknown situation is to turn to God and remember…
"For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Pastor Lyle Phillips