Reflections from the Ezra Project
by Matt Wolff
This week has been so encouraging as we united together to accomplish the reading of God’s Word through the EZRA Project. On Monday, looking at the sign-up sheets, we still had several spots to fill to complete our human chain of readers. I witnessed an excitement within our church as we began to read God’s Word. Seeing others take the challenge and plow through the difficult names showed us all that we could do it. Reading for 15 or 30 minutes out loud, we could do that! A momentum began to build. Even though our schedules and our personal agendas were interrupted, how blessed we were to see each person continue the reading.
We were reminded by great stories of how generations before have seen God work and move beyond their belief or understanding. We laughed together through difficult or even awkward passages. We were warned about generations who have turned away from the Lord and saw difficult days. And perhaps the greatest reminder of all, that God’s grace is always available when we humble ourselves and seek His face.
There is always an awareness of God’s presence when we read His Word. It is a reminder that this life has a deeper purpose and meaning than our busy schedules. I’m reminded that much of life is not about accomplishments or abilities, but about total dependence on God.
Hopefully, this week was a reminder to return to His Word in a deeper way. I pray it will ignite a vulnerability to the Spirit and confident belief that God is still at work.
“My Word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do” (Isaiah 55:11).
Thank you to everyone who participated this week. I hope the EZRA Project has impacted your walk with our Lord. We could not have done it without you. We are stronger together as the body of Christ.