Day 20, December 22, 2018 – Saturday
IMAGINE: A Caring God (God Always Provides)
A God Who Provides Deliverance
World War II was a terrible time of displacement in our world. Germany’s military machine started in Czechoslovakia and then marched to Poland, Austria, and throughout the rest of Europe. Families were bombed out of their homes, forced to flee for their very lives, and to live in conditions that would be considered deplorable by our standards. When the war was over, massive efforts were poured into war-torn Europe to rebuild and restore it to its former beauty and familiarity.
The book of Ezra opens with a declaration that Cyrus, King of Persia, has commanded that the temple of the Lord God be rebuilt. He is appealing (no, notifying!) God’s people that he has been given the directive that they provide him with silver, gold, goods, livestock, and freewill offerings. At first glance one could construe this to be the equivalent to a letter from the I.R.S. telling you that you are short in your tax responsibility. Pay Up!! Yet, there is a sense of grace that extends to the people of that. Ezra appears to be written in the seventh year of captivity. It would have been very easy for the people of Israel to be left in Persia for a much longer period of time. Yet, it is the grace of God that, time after time, brings us back again and delivers us home and hopes, (even demands!!) obedience and conformity.
Esther was a deliverer of deliverance to her people. But even she had to face a personal “war” as she faced the potential demise of her people as well as herself. But God, through her uncle Mordecai, reminded her that it was for such a time as this that she was put into such a position of prominence.
Our lives are much like Europe during the war days of the 40’s. Sin comes in and destroys everything in sight and has value. Yet, God in his faithfulness is always there to deliver whatever our needs may be. It is up to us to trust in his power in order to see him work!
I IMAGINE my response to God today will be…