Ezra faced a worldly congregation, soaked in all the worldly ways of Babylon and Persia.
What was his plan to bring about lasting change in those he served?
He started with his own life.
He learned to point his heart frequently toward doing God’s Will.
God’s Word Transformed Ezra’s Distraction-Surrounded Life
Ezra was called to leave the glittering distractions and allurements of Babylon, and take the final 7,000 of the over 50,000 of God’s people returning from Exile.
Ezra had been called by God to go and serve Him in the stark, difficult, un-glittering land of Israel; but he had to serve people who had been immersed in 70 years of distractions in Babylon.
God was far from their hearts, minds, schedules, and lifestyles.
How do you reach people who live immersed in distractions?
How do you keep from also getting immersed with them in distractions?
How do you keep from losing your focus on God, when most others have?
That is the immense challenge that Ezra faced.
From Ezra’s life, we get perhaps the longest treatment on the power of the Word of God.
Here’s how God’s Word transformed Ezra—Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10).