Now or Never

Avid readers of Breaking Israel News should not have been surprised by last week’s earthquakes in California. That’s because BIN published an article in December of 2018, citing a rabbinic source pointing to the super blood moon over Washington D.C. as a sign that the upcoming year will be marked by increased volcanic activity.

“A lunar eclipse in the month of Shevat is a sign of the rise of the aspect of din (judgment) in the world,” Rabbi Genut told Breaking Israel News - “This eclipse will rule over the Americas but for Israel, it will bring chesed (loving-kindness).”  Just as the eclipse is a conflict between the sun and the moon to rule over the heavens, there will be a similar conflict on earth. This will begin a time when governments are in balance. Some governments that seem powerful right now will fall and others will rise in their place.”

We read a lot these days about the conflicts in this world of ours; the problem is that we often forget that this is not our world.  It has always belonged to our Creator and how He must mourn over the way we live and how we have departed from what He intended.  Has He had enough?  While I realize that we cannot and should not believe everything we read I do believe that we should take some time with our Creator to determine what He has in mind for our days, our thoughts and our actions.  In the book of Isaiah, we read – In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength (30:15).

I think in the hustle and bustle of our days we often forget what our hearts know, what many of us have been taught over the years.  We are so intent on solving our own problems we forget that there has always been one both eager and willing to help us.  How often have we heard the words – “I can do it myself”.  While those might be good words for one who is learning and trying to stand on his own feet nevertheless growth and wisdom should cause us to know that the best of life comes from allowing our Heavenly Father to be a part of it, to show us His way and to walk in it.

Unfortunately, in today’s world many of our friends and neighbors have not had the opportunity to learn about their Creator and are only aware of the things they can see and/or fix.  Even those of us who have heard and know better have let the world’s fear place us in chains.  Why is it so easy to forget?  Isaiah reminds us of something we should always be aware of – Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense if God; He will come and save you” (35:4).

In our war-torn world of today, we need to remind ourselves that we are not alone.  We have always had a Father who cares for us and has the power to restore both our world and ourselves to the path He originally desired.  All we have to do is ask and then follow His leading in the weeks ahead.  All of us are familiar with the words from The Lord’s Prayer – lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom – it has always been and always will be His Kingdom and His world no matter how hard we strive to make it otherwise.  Why don’t we simply get smart and thank Him for His provision and for loving us so very much?

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh, a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.