It is uncomfortable to trust in God.
It’s a scandalous thing for a Christian to say, but it is the truth. Ezra knows what I’m talking about. He made a bold claim to the king of Persia that God would protect him and his countrymen during their journey through dangerous territory back to Jerusalem to rebuild their country.
But then after travelling some way, Ezra started to feel uneasy.
“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, ‘The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.'” (Ezra 8:21-22)
Ezra probably felt nervous after making that claim, perhaps he started to second-guess himself and had doubts. It was too late to ask the king for help, doing so will make him look foolish and he will also lose credibility.
It was extremely uncomfortable situation, but Ezra had no choice – he had to trust God.
“So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” (verse 23)
It is always uncomfortable to completely trust God. But God wants us to trust Him no matter how uncomfortable we are.
King Ahaz of Judah, facing an impending invasion from a Syrian-Israeli alliance, went to Assyria to ask for help instead of trusting in God. But God sent the prophet Isaiah to him with a reassurance that “It will not take place, it will not happen, ” (Isaiah 7:7)
There is no downside to trusting in God because God is trustworthy and faithful. On the contrary, much is at risk if our faith falters. For Isaiah also had a warning for Ahaz
“If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all” (Isaiah 7:9)
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