Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 17 Scripture Selection: Ezra 6-10
Food for Thought: Ezra 6:1-13
When it comes to completing a project mandated by the Lord, one thing is sure: He will provide for it, and sometimes in the most unusual way and from the most unusual sources. In the case of the rebuilding of the Temple, the Lord led King Darius to follow the lead of Cyrus and not only allow the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild it, but he also made sure that it would be financed by his subjects.
Receiving funds from ungodly or worldly people for the benefit of the Lord’s people is scriptural. Proverbs 13:2b says, “…the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” (See also Psalm 49:10.) In addition to funding, the Lord promises that His people would even gain favor with Him and man for provision of other acts of kindness, as indicated in Proverbs 3:3, 4: “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” Further, Psalm 5:11, 12 says, “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
While our hope and our trust for meeting our needs is never placed in man, and we certainly do not look to man as our source, it should not surprise us when the Lord places on the heart of someone from the world to help us or do us some favor. That is the favor of God and man working on our behalf and for the good of the Kingdom of God. And that is the way it is supposed to be.
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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