On a Clear Day
Remember the old song? ďOn a clear day, you can see
I thought of that this week as I read some of the postings
on RRís ďprayer requestĒ forum. Folks, there is a mind-boggling amount of pain
out there. With the economy slowing like a rusty old wagon ó at the holidays no
less! ó it seems to me that more people are struggling than ever before. Some of
the situations people find themselves in areÖI donít have words to describe it.
It seems worry and fear have gripped even Christians. I am not above having some
good old-fashioned anxiety myself.
Before I get into my subject this week, which has a direct
bearing on all this, let me say that more than ever, letís hold each other and
lift each other up. Some of us will never meet this side of heaven, but we are
spiritual kin. If you have any extra prayer, use it for others. Reach out in
spirit and claim Godís promises, and do it for someone else.
A friend of mine is about to go under in his business. He
is the salt of the earth and canít seem to catch a break. Like you, I know lots
of people suffering physically and financially and emotionally. In our part of
the country, a network news anchor was brutally murdered recently and her
parents are learning more horrifying details of the attack. Needless to say, I
could go on. I donít want to, and I know you donít want me to. You get the
But now let me say this. I canít give all of you money,
much as I wish I could. I canít heal your family. I canít do many things.
However, it is my prayer that in some way, you or someone you know can hold onto
God is real, He cares for us as individuals, and nothing
can shake Him. We wonder, from our feeble perspectives, how God can allow such
pain. We are focusing on the wrong thing, and our wrong focus comes straight
from the pit.
You might never get to the Holy Land.
But Iíve been there and Iíll tell you that the truth of Godís word is
everywhere. There is a garden tomb that is empty, and it is just outside the Old City
walls. There is a barren hill with a rock face in the shape of a skull nearby.
Iíve read about this in the Gospels.
Israeli soldiers patrol the land, just as Ezekielís book
Jews are everywhere, millions of them! Just as Isaiah said
it would be.
New Jewish homes dot the hillsides, many thousands of them,
just as Amos and Jeremiah said they would in the last days.
You canít turn a corner in any city without seeing a sign
proclaiming the soon coming of the Messiah, or have a chance conversation with a
cab driver, solder, politician, businessman, or single mother in which something
biblical is not mentioned.
United Nations vehicles and diplomats and worldwide media
choke the streets of Jerusalem, and Zechariah said very long ago that the Holy
would be an obsession for the world in the last days.
Drive around and look at the lush foliage and flowers and
fruits and vegetables in the land. This is what the prophets said the barren
land would return to in the last days.
What do you make of all this, if it is not the work of an
all-powerful, loving God?
Can you fathom the fact that if God took care of an entire
people for 2,000 years ó because He promised He would ó that He will fulfill His
promises to you? Jesus said in the book of Matthew that if you are tired, come
Friends, this is not some esoteric, pie-in-the-skyÖthing.
It is practical and real for you today. If God did all those things with regard
to Israel, that I
mentioned above, are you worried that He forgot what He said Heíd do for you if
you are beaten down and exhausted?
If you think God has forgotten you, you are quite mistaken.
I know you have chronic pain. I know you canít pay your
bills. I know your husband is leaving you. But please, get this: Israel is alive. She shouldnít be,
humanly speaking. Two thousand years as a desert backwater should have been her
permanent fate. But God said no, in His own time He would return the child He
loves to the place He loves.
Israel is back.
Your world might be cloudy and dark. Frankly, Iíve been
through times when everything seemed dark, and you feel so cold and alone. But
predictive prophecy, and
in particular, clears everything up.
Do yourself a favor. Take your Bible and read Isaiah. Read
Amos 9:15. Read Ezekiel 37. Then think carefully about where Israel is today. She is back, back
where she belongs. All because of a totally strong Father who is our ultimate
I wish I could help all of you, but in reality I have all
the strength of a lima bean. God, though, is a force that no one can reckon
Remember this and I have a feeling that the skies will
clear for you and you will be able to see ó really see ó that if you are Godís
child, only glory awaits you. We are all going forward together, so let us
strengthen each other in the night.
Our God is very, very great.
My prayer for you this holiday season is that peace will
come to your mind and heart.
God knows your name. He knows where you are. He loves you
infinitely. He will sustain you.
Israel is proof