Ezra 6 describes an amazing turn of events–amazing to us, natural to God. After the Jews have been confronted, discouraged, and even halted by opposition, Darius of Persia, as Cyrus had two reigns before him, not only gives permission to complete the rebuilding of the temple, but supplies all they need to do it and the animals for sacrifice. They finish the work and celebrate “at the Feast of Unleavened Bread with joy, for the LORD had made them joyful and turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so he helped them in the work of the house of God.” Ezra 6:22
“Is anything too hard [too wonderful] for the LORD?” Genesis 18:14
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever he will.” Proverbs 21:1
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:26
“For nothing shall be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Lord, You can do anything, in me, in others. Give me Your eyes of faith in all the impossibilities of attitude, proclivity, and circumstance. May I purpose and persevere in the work You have put before me, trusting You to lead and provide. What seems impossible to man is an opportunity to see Your glorious possibility, power, and wonder. Nothing is too hard or too wonderful for You.