EZRA 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.
Ezra was preparing to lead God's people to Jerusalem so they could rebuild the Temple and once again worship the true and living God. In preparation he knew that there were some crucial elements, but what is most fascinating was his previous decision to make sure that the Levite Priest had been selected so that the Law of God would be followed. Then, here in chapter eight Ezra makes a proclamation for a fast with some specific things in mind. The fast is always a time of consecration of oneself before God. But, for Ezra it was for the purpose of humbling and seeking God for the right direction for their lives. Not only for their lives, but also for the lives of their children. Ezra understood that the will of God was not always for the immediate circumstance, but also for the future.
Could it be that we, as God's people should "humble" and "seek" God for the "right way for us" as well? It is so easy to seek worldly council and information only to discover in the long run that it is at best lacking and short sighted. When we seek God with sincerity of heart and mind, then He is to be found. In finding the way of the Lord, comes the will of the Lord, and with the will of the Lord, comes a new life in the Lord.