- Ezra 7:1-10:44
“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” –Ezra 7:10, ESV
Ezra knew why He studied the law of God. His skill was known and the king saw how God’s hand was upon Ezra. But without the external validation, Ezra had a purpose for what he studied. He wanted to teach the law of God to Israel.
I have always been a “why”-asker. Why am I doing this? Why was that decision made? When I was rehabbing from back injury, it was easy to justify the workouts I was doing. Strength was th point. Pushing would get me better. When motivation lacked, the knowledge of why I spent the hours kept me moving. Then when the strength was complete, my mental strength wavered. I had to re-evaluate why I was doing what I was doing. How did the dream of strength I had held through all those years of chronic pain translate to my real life once the healing process was complete?
Do you find yourself looking for purpose in what you are doing? Take a step back and re-evaluate. What motivates you to do the things you are doing? And in identifying the purpose, you will find strength to continue in it.