Today, i think of the people who are living in Syria, Israel, and the many other countries in the middle. The middle of war. the middle of chaos. the middle of strife. the middle-where life began. where God said “it is good” and He rested. where He came to earth to show us how to live. where He put on flesh and dwelt among us. where He called us friend. where He was betrayed and murdered. where He willingly died a sinner’s death for the sins of mankind. where He made a way for us to be restored in relationship with Himself – the God who created it all.
could this be the beginning of the last war? i don’t know. but for the folks that live in the middle it is just life unleashed again. it is just another day in an area that knows the dread of war far more than we here in the states will ever imagine.46:4-6 there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God the holy place where the Most High dwells God is within her, she will not fall God will help her at break of day Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall He lifts His voice, the earth melts
so today i will pray for the ones caught in the middle – the children, the families, the young men that must and will fight, the women that will come along side to fight as well, the grandparents who have never known peace, the mothers who know the pain of death far too well, the fathers that must lead. i pray that they know God is coming. He has not forgotten them. i pray they know Him and that they feel His presence in tangible ways, that they see miracles in their lives and that He would come in glory to redeem and rescue.46:7 The Lord Almighty is with us the God of Jacob is our fortress
i pray that the political leaders, the ones who push paper, the ones who do not see the crush and the chaos, the ones who do not lose their families, the ones who only make decisions – i pray that they seek God and His wisdom. that they turn from their striving and their fighting and their war-making. i pray that they would understand truly what is at stake when they sign these papers, when they give their orders, when they send their bombs and their ships and their soldiers to die on the battlefield.8-10 come and see the works of the Lord the desolations He has brought on the earth He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth He breaks the bow and shatters the spear He burns the shields with fire Be still and know that I AM GOD I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth
Israel, remember your promise:
46:11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Lord Jesus, come quickly…