Reflection – Rev Ken Connor
Scripture requires attentiveness.
‘Ezra had devoted himself to study…’ (Ezra 7:10)
In the verses that precede v10. We are reminded that Ezra was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses and that the king had granted him everything he asked, for the ‘hand of the LORD his God was on him.’ Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord. His desire had been to study the divine law—its principles, institutions, privileges, and requirements; and now from love and zeal, he devoted himself, as the business of his life, to the work of instructing, reforming, and enlightening others. For Ezra, the main purpose of his life was the study and the teaching of God’s work. John 15:5 reminds us that in order to be fruitful, we must abide in Him: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” Abiding in Christ, requires our attentiveness, and is enriched by our attention to Scripture.
The challenge for us is how do we, like Ezra, prepare our own hearts to seek Gods word and to learn, to be inspired by it. Does the business of our lives distract us from being attentive to God’s word? Is the word of God the driving force that it should be in our lives? Perhaps, we need to make some adjustments.
Loving God, keep my mind focused on you, prepare my heart that I would be receptive to your teaching, and learn to rest and abide in you. Amen.