The morning news plays in the background as I complete my daily chores in the kitchen. I’m packing a school lunch as I listen about the turmoil in Israel. Missiles flying, the wounded and dying…. I grab a granola bar as I hear about plans for the secretary of state to sit down with leaders in the Middle East. And my heart is heavy.
There will be wars and rumors of wars….
these verses whisper in my thoughts.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6 NIV
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Mark 13:7 NIV
As a Christian, I believe that Israel is special. The Jewish people continue to play an important role, both in history and in the days yet to come. God‘s hand is on them….not because the Jewish people are “better” than anyone else, but because they were chosen. God called them to be His people.
Enemies will come against them. They will attempt to destroy this small country, that even under threat, perseveres. This has been true for them, as a people, throughout their history. The future for Israel might look bleak. But they will prevail.
And, I will watch as their story, our story, my story unfolds before my eyes.
- As airstrikes rain down on Gaza, thousands turn out to show support for Israel at Toronto rally (news.nationalpost.com)
- New young Zionists are tired of waiting (thejc.com)
Israel belongs to God. As you say, He chose them to be His people. We, as a country, are making a huge mistake if we choose to ignore them or fail to support them. If we do, I believe that will serve only to hasten the end. Thank you for this reminder. God bless.
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