In Isaiah 66:8 the prophet asks, “Has a nation ever been born in a day?”
Almost 72 years ago, on May 14th, 1948, that day happened when Israel again became a nation. This is a remarkable time to live. Right now the Jewish people are returning to the land that was promised to them by God. They are returning, and have been returning, from all over the world and, even if they don’t know it yet, God is doing this.
Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. (Ezekiel 39:28)
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
Mark Twain referred to his 1867 visit to Israel in The Innocents Abroad and he was unimpressed. He wrote that the valleys were “unsightly deserts”, and they were. Now the Jezreel Valley of Israel is lush and green. It grows corn, wheat, sunflowers, avocados, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes, watermelon, apples and grapes. A drive through it is a feast for the eyes, and the senses. There is orchard after orchard of all kinds of citrus trees and that’s not all. Israel, the land Exodus 3 refers to as flowing with milk and honey, now has 1,000 dairies and 1,000 honeybee colonies. God is faithful to His Holy Word.
For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. (Psalm 33:4)
Sometimes we focus on the promises and we lose hope... we are reminded of God’s Word but we think... “Not for me”. Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Prov. 13:12). Getting caught up in our own plans or ideas for our life can derail us from the life God wants us to have. We forget that the object of our hope IS the person of Jesus Christ! God’s promises are many, but, ultimately, Jesus is the very fulfillment of every promise. That same proverb about deferred hope says that longing fulfilled is the tree of life! Picture the tree full of oranges in a valley that was once desert. That is us abiding in Christ. We flourish when we draw near to the Restorer Himself. The Jewish people waited for the promised restoration of their nation for over 2000 years. We have our hope now in the very One who restores!
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
Beloved, what have you tired of hoping for? Ask the Lord to renew your faith in the only One that restores and satisfies. He alone can perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you!
Let us pray together.
We thank you for the beautiful promises of your Word. We recognize that Your plans for our lives are better than our own could ever be. When we are heartsick help us to remember to come to You, because only You can satisfy. Through Your Spirit, remind us that You don’t just give us hope, You ARE our Hope. We want to bear fruit for You, Jesus, by Your Spirit and for Your Glory. –Amen
For more encouragement read, meditate, and pray on 1 Peter 5, and Psalm 23.