1 This is what the LORD says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never again to shut against him. 2 This is what the LORD says: “I will go before you, Cyrus, and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. 3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
Cyrus captured my attention for some reason this morning. In doing a little research on Cyrus, I came across this website that told a brief history on him. I found out that Cyrus the Great became a great ruler and brought down many injust governments. His reputation for just treatment allowed him to take over even the great Babylon, in part because the citizens of Babylon were sick and tired of being treated so poorly.
I guess the encouragement for me today is twofold: 1) God saw the plight of the Jewish people and heard their cries – just as He does for us today and 2) God used an unlikely, foreign hero to do it (and he foretold of this hundreds of years prior) – telling me that even when there seems like there’s no answer, God can use unlikely situations or people to carry out His rescue.
Thank You for how You’ve continuously rescued me and restored me, Lord. Continue to increase my faith so that I may trust You in the difficult times.