Seeking a Right Way

“I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.” Ezra 8:2121Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. (Ezra 8:21)
I speak to the hearts of those who are parents  ...  . May the exercise of our hearts be found in the language that we have here: they sought a right way for themselves and their little ones, and all their substance. Is this our desire? As we go through life’s journey surrounded on every hand by enemies, with these wonderful treasures entrusted to us, are we willing to begin this journey with fasting at the river? This river could well refer to the water of the Word. Perhaps before we begin the journey of parenting, it would be well to set aside other things for a short time to spend time searching the precious Word of God, gleaning wisdom for the path ahead.
— Albert Hayhoe, adapted