Ezra 1:1 King Cyrus is stirred
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia…
Ezra 1:5 The Jewish People are stirred
Then the heads of fathers' households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
After seventy years of exile to a foreign country, God called the Jewish people back home to live and to rebuild the house of God. How would God do this?
First, He said He would do it before it happened. God gave his promise through the prophet Jeremiah who is now dead. When God says He will do something, He does it. He cannot lie. He always keeps His word. His word is always the starting point for any activity for God. If the starting point is man, the activity is not from God.
Second, He stirred up the spirit of a foreign king, Cyrus to do His will. God can work through any person in the world, saved or unsaved, kings or slaves. Even a wicked unsaved king is not an obstacle to the will of God. Faith trusts God to work in what seems to be an impossible situation.
Third, He stirred the spirits of His own people to obedience. God works through His own people as they obey Him. It is the special honor of the saved to be used by God through obedience to His word. God can lead any donkey by a bit in its mouth, but God's people have the privilege of being led by the eye of God.
We do learn later that it was only a small number of the Jewish refugees who returned. Many were stirred in their hearts and heads, but the stirring never reached their hands and feet! Don't be afraid to be a minority Christian.
For me to live is Christ.