When God Moves Their Heart

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Ezra 1:1b

The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing.


These are the words of Ezra, the priest of Israel. He said that God moved the heart of Cyrus, the Persian king, to do His will on behalf of the people of Israel. This happened at the end of 70 years of Babylonian captivity, when the people of Judah were allowed to go back to Jerusalem.


It’s hard to imagine that a heathen king, who was not a believer in the God of Israel, was used by God to help the people of Israel go back to their homeland. It’s also hard to believe that he assisted them in rebuilding their temple. But the amazing thing about this story is that Isaiah had prophesied 150 years earlier that this would happen. Cyrus is actually named in Isaiah 44:28! Isaiah calls him the shepherd of the Lord! How is it that a man who knows nothing of the great Creator of the universe, even our great Almighty, able to be used of the Lord in such unusual fashion? The answer is found in the above passage. The Lord MOVED the heart of King Cyrus. Even as you read that line you can almost feel the earth shift a little bit. Not so much that Cyrus did the will of God, but that God picked him. Perhaps you are challenged today with someone who seems impossible and problematic to any potential chance for change in your circumstance. Never forget this story, because anything can happen “When God Moves Their Heart.”


Dear Jesus,

This AM I’m reminded that it isn’t people or a certain individual that I should be concerned about. No! Instead I should keep my eyes and heart fixed on You. I’ve learned that You alone can move people’s hearts. Amen

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