"Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, 'The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.' So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty." - Ezra 8:21-23
As you watch those who darken the aisles of local bookstores, you will find the self help section to be one of the most popular. It seems that there will always be a market for such books. No matter how many answers and how much counsel can be found, people are still looking for just one more entry. Apparently, the best or most sufficient answer is still in the wind. Or could it be that they don't seek the right Source?
Ezra serves us as a wise and discerning example of how to deal with everyday needs. This man of God had spoken to the king about the great God that he served. His testimony was out in the public arena for all to hear about the way God works. For Ezra, there was no possibility for him to visit the local bookstore to find a good self help book or ask the king for help. He went straight to the Lord, since He alone was the right source.
What's the point you may ask? In light of his great faith, Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for help. Yet, after we lift our voices, praising our great God on Sunday mornings, we often run in every other direction for help on Monday. How many self help books or articles have you read this year compared to the hours spent "fasting and imploring our God"? Isn't it time to seek the right Source?