And they installed the priests in their divisions and the Levites in their groups for the service of God at Jerusalem. (Ezra 6:18)
THE YOUTH OF ANY SOCIETY usually struggle with structure. Boundaries are too stifling. Too controlling. I used to think that about many structures in culture. However, the alternative—chaos—is not a good option either. As life progresses, I have grown to appreciate structure. As a leader, I was often tasked with deconstructing and restructuring many things in life and in ministry. What I’ve discovered is that the temptation to trust ourselves seems ever-present when it comes to organizing or to managing things.
In this record of Ezra’s lifetime, God commanded the structure of his temple along with those who would serve him in ministry. His newly completed temple needed its service function to flow with structure, which is part of the reason he installed the priests and Levites in this passage.
Think about a few things God has structured for us. He structured the human body and mind. He configured the universe without humanity’s help. He even gave structure through his Word for his body, the church. God provided a framework for wisdom and intelligence. He has provided structure through his grace and truth, outlining the way of redemption for all humankind. He has even given us glimpses into how heaven is structured. All this careful crafting at the hands of the Creator is absolutely amazing. Strive to embrace rather than resist in daily life.
Organize your life around God’s structure—his Word.
Jim Dunn is the vice president of church relations for the Wesleyan Investment Foundation. He resides in the Indianapolis area.
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