Thursday, October 3

Prophetic change agents

Scripture: Ezra 5-6, Psalm 138, Luke 16

Ezra 5:1–2 Now Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet, a descendant of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. 2 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Joshua son of Jozadak set to work to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.

Ezra 6:14 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.

Observation

Work on rebuilding the temple had ground to a halt due to local opposition and a letter from King Artaxerxes.  The work was restarted due to the prophetic ministry of Haggai and Zechariah.  God spoke through them and the Jewish leaders listened and “set to work to rebuild the house of God.”  Not only did the prophets rekindle the work, they also supported it.  And Ezra reports that the work succeeded and prospered “under the preaching of Haggai and Zechariah.”  God used these two prophets to start, support and successfully complete the project.

Application

A word from God can change everything!

I’m freshly back from Kenya where we’ve been partnering with David Opap and Spring of Hope for 10 years.  God spoke to David and he has faithfully obeyed God’s word—and the results are truly impressive.  Lives are being changed.  God also spoke to me on that first trip 10 years ago, and I came back and shared that word with our church, which has resulted in change in us and in Kenya.  

This passage reminds me of the power of a word from God.  It can start new things, support them and see them through to a successful conclusion.  

I want to be a person who hears from God and speaks for Him.  I want to be a prophetic change agent.

Prayer: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.  Help me to hear and proclaim Your life changing word.