“Our God’s hand of protection is on all those who seek Him” Ezra 8:22
Ezra knew God so well, he could make such bold public statements despite facing danger ahead of him. This confidence stemmed from his relationship with God and and deep knowledge of His character.
Such a deep understanding of God’s thoughts and character will form also in us when we seek and grow in our relationship with Him. As a result we develop a greater sense of security and purpose – we know we are secure in His hand and that He always wants the best for us (read more on my post “A future and a hope”).
Deepen your relationship with God
The first thing and absolute necessity to enter a relationship with God is that you are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that only Jesus is the way to the Father and that only through Jesus we can have forgiveness of sin, which is the barrier between us and God. Without that barrier removed, there is no relationship.
If you are saved, then you can approach God and enter His presence with confidence, by following two practical steps.
First, reading the Bible. The King of the Universe, your Creator, invites you to read his words, his thoughts and and plans.
Second, getting to know this amazing God by spending quality time with Him. How do husband and wife get to know each other? Not merely by reading each others’ love letters, but by spending quality time together, speaking their mind, and listening.
Wouldn’t you feel unappreciated if your partner would read your love letters, but wouldn’t want to spend time with you? Of if he/she would just ignore your carefully worded and compiled letters?
And how much would your partner miss of your loving thoughts for him/her, never knowing the depth of your heart and character?
The good news is, that God will never ignore us, neither our prayers, nor our thoughts. He waits for us our whole lifetime, 24 hours a day, to come and spend time with Him and get to know Him.
Finally, and I hope you realised this while reading, this verse does not imply we can earn God’s protection – we cannot. But by seeking and knowing Him, we grow in the confidence and assurance of it, and can like Ezra make such bold statements.