UV 1789/10000 The Value of Writing for the Lord
This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.
Ezra 7 v 6
Ezra was set apart from the rest of Babylon, dedicated to the work and the Word of the Lord. Babylon is a symbol of worldly wealth, pleasure, fame, power and such pursuits. Ezra was a willing and able scribe to write down the law given to Israel through Moses. His tongue was a ready pen in the hand of a writer, implying that both his speech and writing were anointed and intended to build the faith of the people of Israel. Even when God wanted to communicate a message, He chose to write it down on a tablet or on a wall. Writing is a powerful tool to influence people for the kingdom of God. Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is an even more powerful medium. Ezra sought to grow not in status but in stature in terms of his knowledge of the Word.
Those who serve God in an excellent manner will not serve before obscure men but before kings. They will obtain grace or favour of their earthly masters. The hand of the Lord shall guide them and bless them. He will cause to multiply their influence. He will enable them to get whatever resources they need for their mission. Ezra and Nehemiah were contemporaries and both were influential Jews in exile in Babylon. Both had a burning desire to return to Jerusalem to re-build its ruins. They were both successful in petitioning the king and obtaining the permission, the resources needed for the single purpose of re-building Jerusalem. The Lord prospered them in whatever mission they set for themselves.
We too like Ezra need to study the Word, explain it to our co-workers and friends whenever the opportunity presents itself. If we are faithful in these small responsibilities, the Lord will enlarge our vision, our impact and our legacy. Ezra read out the scriptures to the people of Israel and moved them to tears and repentance. Similarly, our writing will move many people and enable them to experience the light and love of fellowship with the Lord. The more we transfer the written Word from paper and stone or metal to our hearts, the more blessed we are and we will enjoy perfect peace. Writing converts thoughts into visible words. Writing transfers emotions to paper. Writing conveys the spirit through the letter. The Lord wants us to write to Him. to write down our vision and our goals, to write down our prayers and our requests, to write down our praise and adoration. Writing makes the invisible visible. Writing endures and outlasts our lives and so carries our influence to the next generation and age. When we write for the Lord, we become a ready pen in His hands.
Prateep V Philip