This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)
Today I am appreciating how God chooses people for His assignments. When the book of Ezra opens the Jews have just been released from being held in Babylon for the last seventy years. This is a period of rebuilding for them – not only the rebuilding of the Temple, but also their nation.
When we look at the three leaders that God had chosen to lead his people at that crucial time we see that He chose three leaders with three very different backgrounds.
He chose Zerubbabel, who was a prince of Judah, Ezra, who was a priest and a Levite, and Nehemiah, a politician from an unknown tribe. Each leader was unique in his own way.
This small observation is instructive for me because it reminds me of when I was a young girl trying to be someone else. If I thought someone did something laudable and they were recognized for it, then that was my cue to try to model what they were doing instead of trusting in my own uniqueness.
Since then, I’ve grown both spiritually and in my understanding of the work that God has called me to do, so I appreciate more that my own individuality is one of the most precious gifts that God has given me.
The Words that I use to remind me of this are, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)
These Words say to me – we each have unique qualities that God has chosen for us for our unique assignments.
So today, what is that unique assignment that God has chosen you to carry out?