I hope you are all having a great Wednesday! Let’s jump right in today, shall we? We all like to think we live a comfortable Christian life, right? It’s easy to live in the laid back, go with the flow type lifestyle. Oh, but it is so wrong. Today, we will take a look at Ezra to see how God puts a burning fire back into the hearts of His people, instead of them continuing to live a complacent life.
Like I said in last week’s devotional, if we aren’t pursuing God, we are sliding away from Him. Therefore, living a comfortable life isn’t a life in pursuit of our Majestic God. God allows us to fall into these times of comfort, so we can realize how much we yearn for Him and how much we need Him.
Ezra 1:2-4 says, “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel-he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.”
What It Tells Us About Not Being Complacent:
The people in Ezra’s day were satisfied right where they were and were perfectly happy with just living life, even if they weren’t moving any closer to the God who created them.
Again, God allows for us to fall into idleness, so He can bring us out of it. He is the One who heals us. He will get the glory for it. God is sovereign, and even if we choose to be lazy, He will still accomplish His Will! Praise God!
However, we must remind ourselves, even when it feels good, to not be stagnant in our faith and our quest to grow closer to Him. When you find yourself complacent and standing still cry out to God and move your feet in a direction closer to Him.
I want to challenge you to pray for God to renew a passion for Him in your life today. God will heal you and ignite your relationship with Him. After all, Him restoring your life and drawing you closer to Him is not about you. In spite of your missteps, it is about glorifying Him. You cannot say you did it, but God did it despite your shortcomings.
God, I pray You would draw me out of my comfort zone. Put a fire inside of me to help me constantly long for You. Help me to always draw near to You, even when I can’t find the strength. God, thank You for always pursuing me and for being my sense of security, even when I am scared to move. Heal my hurts and pull me closer to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Are you complacent or are you striving to be closer to God?