Shabbat SHALOM! “Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest…” – Ah… the sweet peace of REST.. even in the most dire of circumstances. – Put your own horrendous headline here –
Wow. For those who are paying attention, you KNOW there’s SO MUCH going on in the Middle East in 2014, huh? And yet, in beloved Israel, there is relative calm – really, still.. go see! [And please hire a MESSIANIC (believer in Jesus) Jewish tour guide if you go. I know 3 amazing ones if you want to ping me about that.]
With ISIS and Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran being more boisterous (and successful… ahem, Obama) than usual, it has been quite a struggle for some (like me) to remain focused on YHWH – centered on His love. The circumstances can sometimes get overwhelming with that occasional incoming missile siren and whatnot!
I have a saying, though which I found recently echoed in the fantastic book by Ron Cantrell, “Crazy Faith, Extravagant Love” – “There is NOTHING that God can NOT teach us within the sphere of child-like JOY.” Or, as Ron put it:
“There is not one single thing on this Earth to be serious about!”
Ron makes it very clear that he had a recent encounter with God which CHANGED EVERYTHING and PROVED to him, as C.S. Lewis wrote, that “Joy is the very serious business of heaven!”
Joy is the currency of Heaven’s economy of Love!
And our UNITING with Abba YHWH in this current of joy is more critical than ever in our journey to blast this world system with the love of Yeshua (Jesus) – brighter and brighter unto the FULL DAY! (Prov.4:18)
SO! THIS, as MC Hammer is wont to say, “is why we pray!”
In fact, let’s just break on through to the other side right now, shall we?
Father, in the name of Yeshua, and by His ever-working blood poured out, we approach the Throne of Grace (Heb.4:16) “to receive mercy and find grace” in this hour of of desperation for your Joy, Peace and Righteousness (Rom.14:17) to BREAK IN to our hearts, minds, dreams and conversations. Right now.
I pray especially for believers throughout the Middle East who are living out the now-and-not-yet Isaiah 19 King’s Superhighway – that connecting road (actually existing on the ground right now) which will join Egypt to Assyria – with Israel as a third member. Father, bless this union taking place before our eyes. Let the people of these countries CHOOSE YOU and CHOOSE ISRAEL! Open the eyes and longings of these people to know You, YHWH of Israel. There is no other. You alone are God.
Shalom, shalom, Jerusalem – planet Earth’s Zion. We love you.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns! Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.