Ezra 8: God Makes a Difference
In Ezra 8, we find out that Ezra was ready to lead a group of people back to Jerusalem. However, he was a little bit worried there were no Levites in that group. He must have been worried that when they got to Jerusalem, there would be no one to perform all of the sacrifices that were necessary in the Temple.
This made him call back to the city and try to find some more volunteers.
Ezr 8:18 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;
Ezr 8:19 And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty;
Ezr 8:20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.
Notice that he immediately attributes all of this to God. He could have said that there were some really nice guys who decided to volunteer. However, the first point he hit was that because of the help of God, the people were coming.
I think that we need to develop this attitude in our lives and recognize that without God, we can do nothing. Jesus himself said that while he was in his earthly ministry.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If we can indeed do nothing without God, then when we do something, God is the one who made the difference. Ezra realized that, and he was grateful that God had supplied priests for him as he went back to Jerusalem to reestablish the Temple.