Dan was an explosives salesman.
He knew most of his customers personally.
They were farmers who needed explosives to clear the land.

One day Dan met a new customer.
This man had just bought a farm, and needed some dynamite to clear stumps from a field.
The new customer asked, "May I purchase the dynamite on my farm account?"

Dan asked, "Have you ever used dynamite before?"
The customer said, "No, I haven't."
Dan said, "I'm afraid I'll hafta ask for cash in advance!"

Ezra 8:22
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us
against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying,
The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him;
but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

Ezra had a great zealousness for God!
He knew that God wanted them to return to the land and rebuild.
His desire to perform this work was implanted by God's Holy Spirit.
This desire led him to organize the people and lead them in the return to their land.

Do, you, Christian have a zealousness for God's express will in your life?

Ezra also had a great jealousy for God!
Perhaps it would have been best for him to have at least a squadron of soldiers to accompany the people in such a long journey.
But Ezra was "ashamed" to ask for fleshly protection on such a spiritual matter.
Therefore, the convoy of returning Jews set out on their journey protected only by Him Who is our "shield" and our "exceeding great reward." (Genesis 15:1)

Perhaps Ezra was very familiar with Ps 91:1-2, which says,
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

How often do we display this zealousness for God, and desire to perform mission and ministry according to His express will?
Ezra was so intent upon being IN God's will that he declared a time of fasting and praying.
Ezra 8:23 says, "So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us."

Believer, are you zealous enough for God's will in your life to spend time in fasting and prayer?

How often do we display this jealousness for God, and implore Him to do what only God can do in our lives?
Generally, we walk only by a small measure of faith, and attempt only what we know man can accomplish.

Yes, we are to use physical means, and certainly we should employ our talents and skills in mission and ministry.
However, we should not depend solely upon manpower for God's work!
For then, we shall accomplish only what man can do.

Let us be intent upon stretching ourselves in zealousness for God.
And let us be jealous for God, seeking Him to work miraculously in our lives.

Then we shall see what GOD can do!

Love ya!