PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Ezra 1-2
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia…” (Ezra 1:1)
How does God direct history when humans are free to do their own thing?
I can’t say I understand it, but I can imagine how God can move our hearts.
“In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.” (Proverbs 21:1)
A stream flows freely, but it moves along predictable paths, in the lowest places.
God knows where our hearts are inclined, and he can manage where they will flow.
Cyrus didn’t become a believer; this was a strategy he used for other captive nations.
He was being shrewd politically, and God directed it for the purpose of the kingdom.
Similarly the hearts of many (not all) of the captives were promoted to go (1:5).
And their neighbours, whom the Jews had come to befriend, supported them too (v.6).
Their seeking the peace of prosperity of Babylon was finally paying off (Jeremiah 29:7).
God gives us what our hearts desire, but what do our hearts desire?
God will use our heart’s desire, whether good or bad, to fulfill his greater purpose.
What is my heart’s desire, and is it moving me closer to or further from God’s blessing?
Lord, move my heart closer to God, and use me in such a way that others are moved closer to God. This is my heart’s desire.