When God Moves
“The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance” (Ezra 3.13 NLT).
As God’s purposes are brought to fruition, shouts of joy and sorrow can be heard simultaneously. A family mourns the death of their daughter, but another family rejoices over a donated organ that saves a child’s life. A man cries out to God because he did not get the job, while another man excitedly tells his wife of his new employment. The rain ruins a long planned family vacation, yet it feeds the crops of a farmer’s land desperate for water. In the Book of Ezra, the foundation of the new temple is formed. The young people shout for joy, but the older crowd who remember the glory of the first temple weep with sadness. When God moves, we will never known if we’ll be standing with the mourners or the rejoicers. We live in a corrupted world pulled to shreds by the free will of humanity. Our lives on earth will echo with cries of joy and sorrow. Both sounds inhabit God’s heart because He too grieves and rejoices with us. And though we will experience the devastation of sin during our short time on this earth, God promises that nothing can snatch our eternal spirits from His hands. We have heaven guaranteed through Jesus Christ.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10.28-29 NIV).