Center of Hope Devotion – June 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

READ EZRA 1:1 THROUGH 2:70

Mitch retired to settle in his hometown and joined the church where he’d grown up. He felt it would be a place he could feel God’s presence as he sought God’s will for the new phase of life he was entering. Mitch could probably relate to the Jews who returned to Jerusalem from Babylon with a desire to rebuild the temple.

Any of his people among you may go to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them” (Ezra 1:3).

When the exiled Jews returned to Jerusalem they wanted to rebuild the temple to resume their traditional rituals and sacrifices. This would be the connection that formed their spiritual center.

Where do Christians find God’s presence? It could be anywhere because God is not limited to a specific location. God is where His people are.

Thought for Today: God’s presence is available wherever you are.