“Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites–everyone whose heart God had moved–prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1.5 NKJV).
The prophesy foretold by Jeremiah that God’s Chosen People would be released by King Cyrus after 70 years of captivity finally comes to pass. King Cryus gives a proclamation to his entire kingdom that the surviving people of the once great nation of Israel can return home to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple and their city. The Bible explains that God “moved the hearts” of His people to undertake this amazing yet difficult task. As the story unfolds with one struggle after the other, it becomes apparent that this rebuilding vision brings everyone involved to the brink of giving up. For this reason, the hearts of the people had to be supernaturally moved by God’s Spirit or else they wouldn’t have the devoted stamina to bring God’s plan to fruition. In the world today, there are many, many worthy causes to which we can devote our time, energy and resources; however, we must feel a heart movement first. God has a person in mind to fulfill every need that exist today, and if we are listening, He will move each of us in the direction that is stamped with His highest blessing. We must rely on God’s Spirit to guide us, so we know that we will have the “heart” to see the vision to the end. Otherwise, we may jump from one vision to another, wondering why we don’t feel God’s mighty arm move with our faith steps.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29.11 NLT).