Ezra 1:1 (NIV)
“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:”
Isaiah prophesied over 140 years previously that a man named Cyrus would become king of the Medes and the Persians.
Josephus, the Jewish historian, records the event when Cyrus became king over the Medo-Persian empire.
The prophet Daniel, in his old age, took a copy of the Scroll of Isaiah and presented it to King Cyrus. Isaiah showed him where Isaiah had predicted that a king named Cyrus would become king of the Medes and the Persians. Cyrus read the words of Isaiah 44:24-28 and was moved to fund the return of the Jews to their homeland.
Read the prophecy of Isaiah in the following text carefully, “This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, 25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense, 26 who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be inhabited,’ of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be built,’ and of their ruins, ‘I will restore them,’ 27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,’ 28 who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”‘ Isaiah 44:24-28 (NIV)
Cheer up, dear Saint, God is working, even as I write this devotional, to bring every nation under the Lordship of his Son. No media pundit or political powerhouse can do anything to stop God’s plans. Often, the political rulers who are the most hostile against God are the ones that God does his best work through.
Consider this passage, “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:10-11)
Go ahead and listen to the news, but do not let it lead you to despair for our God is using His bitterest enemies to accomplish his perfect plan for his people.
Only God could pull something like this off, and we belong to the one who will accomplish every promise he has made for his children and those who trust in Him.