PREPARED & PROSPERING
Today is Wednesday! We have worked hard and had several staff meetings in the continued quest of doing the best we can as a church for our LORD and our dear people. It has been fruitful and rewarding. I have such a great staff, and I love to work with them each week as we strive to serve the LORD to the best of our abilities. I have a truth today entitled:
PREPARED AND PROSPERING- Ezra was a prepared scribe and because of that he was a man prospered by God. Notice in Ezra 7:6 it says: "and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses,". This means that he knew his stuff! He spent his time in God's Word and knew what it said. He was prepared! The Bible teaches us that time spent in preparation is valuable time. Paul spent three years in Arabia, and Moses spent forty years on the backside of the desert before God started using him. It wasn't wasted time, it was time communing with God and preparing their hearts and lives for service to God and others. Also in verse 10, it says: "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments." (He KNEW it, SHOWED it, and TAUGHT it!) He was prepared and that brought the blessings: vs. 6 "and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him." When we are Prepared, God then Prospers us. Don't cut corners..... get prepared!
Pastor Mike Mutchler