Daily Devotional

Monday, March 6, 2017

Clearly Called

For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach the statutes and ordinances in Israel. Ezra 7:10

Ezra knew what he was supposed to do with his life. He was trained as a scribe during the Hebrew exile in Babylon, and his dream was to return to Jerusalem to teach and preach in the land of his ancestors. His dream was realized when King Artaxerxes allowed the Hebrew people to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and reestablish a worshiping community in Judah. 

Most of us would long to have such clarity when it comes to our purpose in life, but clarity is often illusive. As a Hebrew scribe, Ezra would have been a person of prayer, a student of scripture, and part of a community of discernment. When we regularly engage in faith practices, God’s will for us can be most readily revealed. Spending time in prayer, studying the Bible, and gathering with people who are intent on discerning God’s will for their lives can be the best path toward clarity in your own life.

What are you being called to do with the rest of your life?

Lord, I so desire clarity. I want to know your will for my life. I want to know what I am supposed to be doing with the gifts and ability you have given me. Speak to me in this time of prayer or in the scripture I read or in the people who gather around me and care for me. In your name, I pray. AMEN.