Ezra 7:27-28 NIV

Praise be to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, who has put it into the king’s heart to bring honor to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem in this way [28] and who has extended his good favor to me before the king and his advisers and all the king’s powerful officials. Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me, I took courage and gathered leaders from Israel to go up with me.

King Artaxerxes gives Ezra permission to go and help rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem after the Exile finishes, but Ezra looks beyond him to God, recognising that it is his hand that has opened the way for him. Look out today for ways in which God uses those around you to open up opportunities for his work.

Thank you Father that you have given us authority to help build your Kingdom for you – help us to do so today in our daily lives!