Today’s Reading: Ezra 7:1-8:20 (additional reading Psalm 30:1-12 and Proverbs 20:28-30)
Have you ever tried to draw a straight line without a ruler? What happened? Did it come out crooked? How much easier is it when you have a ruler to help you draw the line. In the Old Testament there was a man who made the Word of God his ruler. He measured his life by it, and when he applied that ruler and made it his way of life, it helped him to live like God wanted him to live. His name was Ezra.
It is important for us to learn how to “mine for gold” that is in God’s Word just like Ezra did. How do we do this? Ezra gave us some tips.
He Prepared His Heart:
Ezra opened his heart to receive the nuggets of truth from God. He prepared his heart to listen for and receive what God wanted to say to him each day. He was open to believe what God told him. Sometimes we cannot receive because we are talking in church and not paying attention when the Word is being taught, and we miss what God is trying to tell us. Sometimes we are daydreaming, sometimes we are thinking about what we are going to do later in the day, or what we are going to have for lunch. Ezra made sure that his heart was prepared first to receive so that not even “a nugget” would be lost.
Ezra Applied the Law:
What he mined, he applied to his own life. Do you apply what you learn to your life? If you don’t, then it is not causing changes to take place in your life. God wants the Word to transform you and to help you grow. Romans 12:2 says, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Ezra made use of the knowledge of the Scriptures in his life first.
We must measure our life by the Word of God, be so thoroughly acquainted with it, and resolve to conform to it. Make it your way of life. God’s Word will not automatically apply itself to us. We have to apply it and practice it daily.
Are we prepared as we read and study God’s Word?
Do we apply Scripture to our lives?
Father, Thank You for Your Word which sets a standard for our life. Help us to know it and live by it. Help us to apply Scripture to all that we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen