Aug 24

Good morning!
Text:  Ezra 8-10; Psalm 118:1-14.
As Ezra is assembling the people to make the trip from the place of their captivity, Babylonia, he makes sure that all the right people are there. In the account, a verse worthy of contemplation appears:

And by the good hand of our God on us, they brought us a man of discretion, of the sons of Mahli the son of Levi, son of Israel, namely Sherebiah with his sons and kinsmen, 18; (Ezra 8:18)

Those words, “a man of discretion”, bring up some questions.  First, what does it mean to have discretion?  It means to be able to see important differences and to sort them into proper categories.  It means to be able to set the good apart from the evil, the wise from the unwise, the godly from the worldly, the private from the public. It means to speak and act accordingly.  The second question is this:  Who among us are the persons “of discretion”?
I pray that the Lord would give us people of discretion to help us live and serve together in the ways of the Lord.
in Him, Mike