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War and Peace

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:8

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – a day when we honor our earthly Mothers. I was watching the news the other day and saw yet another school shooting in the US. It showed Mothers crying over their children which is extremely hard to watch. We are sometimes so far removed because war nowadays has become something of a “norm.” I have been thinking a lot about Israel lately – the motherland; the birthplace of Christianity. We seem so far removed from Israel, but she is a big part of our lives. God calls Israel, “the apple of His eye,” (Zechariah 2:8). Think of your Mother today and how much you love her. That doesn’t even compare to how much God loves Israel. We ought to pay our respects to her by praying for her and honoring her. We are grafted and adopted into the family of God (Romans 11:17; Ephesians 1:5). Israel is family, and family sticks together no matter the distance. There is still a battle happening, but there is peace in the middle of the battle, and Israel is flourishing (Isa 35:1). God blessed and caused America to prosper because they blessed Israel. God says He will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3; Numbers 24:9). We must not forget to love our neighbors (Mark 12:31).

The number one thing people want is peace. We sometimes forget we have the Prince of peace on our side (Isaiah 9:6). We as children of God are called to be peacemakers (Romans 12:18; Matthew 5:9). We get so caught up in a war that God ended a long time ago. Yes, we are very much still in a spiritual battle for the Kingdom, but we already have the victory, so we can have a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Jesus wept over Israel, just as a mother weeps over her children (Luke 19:41). He is a mother to the motherless (Psalm 27:10). He still weeps over his people today. The Lord says, “Now is the time! Time for peace!” (Luke 2:14)

Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12

 Happy Mother’s Day!

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