For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
You know that studying the law of the Lord is such an awesome thing. We all need to study it and know it and have it in our hearts. But Ezra takes it to a place where, if we are serious, we should all go. Now, we know that we should all strive to know the Lord and His commands. But here in this verse is where the kicker is for most of us. It’s that little saying in the verse: “Ezra set his heart…” Ezra set his heart in the right direction. He set His heart. Meaning he willfully, knowingly, and purposefully turned his full attention to God and His laws. He set his heart on the right things. He set his heart on the Lord God. He set his heart to know His laws and by knowing His laws, Ezra gained understanding and knew God.
I just read something about how this generation can barely hold 15-20 seconds of attention. The TV, the internet, the social media, has reset our attention span to mere seconds. The result of that is often times we are just distracted. Those distractions tug our hearts in many directions. From news, to what people say online, to the latest entertainment, sports scores, and the list goes on and on. Our heart, my heart, is often time a distracted heart. I get distracted by what is going on today. So what often happens is that my heart begins to wander and drift to sometimes meaningless and stupid things. The key is to take a hint from Ezra here. It is to set your heart. Turn your attention and make it laser focused. Especially set your heart in your walk with the Lord. Set your heart to study the Law of the Lord. Meaning really set your heart to pursue God. It’s going to take effort. It’s going to take work, but in the end, the reward of knowing God and knowing Jesus is worth it all.
Lord thank you for this important daily reminder to set my heart on you.