Ezra 1:2-3, “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.’”
“God is not as concerned about your misstep as he is about your next step.”
Think about a time when you made a choice that came with a significant cost. It may have been a business deal you made that cost the company a lot of money or a poor decision that ended up costing you a relationship. Every choice we face has a consequence. And, although we can’t choose our consequences, we can choose our choices.
The problem is that sometimes we allow the consequences of our choices to become our captivity. Although God allows us to experience consequences, his intent isn’t for our stories to end there. Just like in our reading today, God wants to release us from captivity and rebuild the parts of our lives that may appear to be in ruins. In this verse, God was providing a way for his people, the Israelites, to return to their homeland. Freedom at last!
God is bigger than whatever choices we may face today or mistakes we have made in our past. If we’ll allow Him to, He is ready to lead us past our misstep and on to our next step.
Think about a time when you made a mistake, but God gave you another chance. Take a moment to remember how you felt when you experienced God restoring something that seemed ruined. Let this serve as a reminder that God is able to rescue you again.
Lord, thank you for being the God who rescues. No matter what I am facing, I know that with your help I can return stronger and closer to you than before. Help me turn to you for wisdom in every choice I make. In Jesus’ name, Amen.