“…because the good hand of his God was upon him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:9-10).

Three times in chapter 7 it is stated that the hand of God was upon Ezra (v.6,9,28). The conjunction “for” (Ki in Hebrew) offers the key (pun intended) to this becoming the reality for any one of our lives. Like Ezra, we must set our heart–the totality of our being–upon three pillars of discipline necessary for the formation of an abiding faith–the study of God’s word, the practice of God’s word, and the sharing of God’s word.

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