1 Now these were the people of the province who came up out of the captivity of those exiles whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia. They returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to his own town. 2 They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah,Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.
God works in and and through us to do His will.
In Chapter 1, we saw King Cyrus’s spirit being stirred by the Lord and in Chapter 2, we see action based on his faithfulness. He reacted to the stirring of the Lord within him and allowed the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem. And as we see in the first few verses in Chapter 2, among the people who returned were Nehemiah and Mordecai, whom God uses to do great things. God worked in and through King Cyrus and brought about the rebuilding of Jersualem (through Nehemiah) and saved the Jews from annihilation by Haman (through Mordecai and Queen Esther). What a great reminder that we are part of God’s GREAT plan, whether we realize it or not.
Many of us struggle with knowing God’s purpose for us. We want to know that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Chapter 2 shows us that we ARE. We are God’s tool of bringing love, grace, and mercy to others. All we need to do is be faithful and obedient and God will take care of the rest.
Lord, you are mighty and merciful. You’re loving hand holds all. Please help me to slow down and be quiet so that I am able to hear you stirring within me. Lead me where you want me to go. Amen.