A man was walking down a beach. He noticed a small boy carrying a bucket of water away from the surf where he had just dipped it. The man watched as the boy poured the water into a shallow hole which he had recently dug. Then he started back towards the ocean. The man called to the boy and asked, “Son, what are you doing?” Pausing briefly, the boy answered, “I’m going to take all the water from the ocean, and I’m going to put it in that hole.”
Of course, the boy’s undertaking was impossible. But it was no more impossible than it is for a finite humankind to completely understand everything about an all-knowing, all-powerful God. The two unattainable goals are very much alike.
As I have written on prior occasions, I am a born-again Christian. Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God, is my glorious savior. I fully believe that the Holy Bible is the perfect divine word of God. I am not a Bible thumper ; I am a Bible reader and Bible believer. Nothing is more important to me than my faith and my spiritual well-being. My relationship with God stands front and center in my life.
I certainly do not understand everything about God and His Holy Word. No one does. But the Bible clearly tells us that the Jewish race is God’s chosen people. I do not know why God chose to bless these people through Father Abraham but He did, and He doesn’t owe me or anyone else an explanation. As the modern vernacular goes, it is what it is. The Old Testament gives us several examples of God bringing judgment on the nation of Israel for their disobedience but He has never forsaken them, and He never will. It is important to note that God made a way for Gentiles to be grafted or adopted into the family of God’s chosen people through faith in Christ Jesus. So, all people have access to a personal relationship with God. As Christians, we must recognize that the Jewish people are our spiritual brothers and sisters just like our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all part of God’s family.
Our nation has prospered because God has immensely blessed us. He has blessed us because our’s is a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles by God-fearing men. Our great nation has been a shining example to the world of what can be when a country is basically operating within the will of God. Our wise founders gave us a government which provided liberty and individual freedom for which most people yearn. And God has demonstrated His pleasure with their endeavor by pouring out His blessings.
However, in many ways, our country has turned its back on God, and His blessings do not flow as readily as they once did. We have allowed the atheists and secularists in our society to almost completely remove God from the public square. For supposed security and government entitlements and handouts, we have allowed our freedoms and liberty to be taken away. Many Christians wrongly believe that you must be a meek wallflower to be a proper Christian. This type of thinking has led to our current malaise. Sometimes we must follow the example of our Savior. He took a whip and cleared the Temple of the blasphemers and moneychangers. Today, Washington D.C. could use just such a cleansing.
Our alliance with and our protection of the nation of Israel is the main reason, in my humble opinion, that God still blesses us at all. When we part ways with Israel, God’s blessings will part from us. I truly believe that.
God has always been and will always be with Israel. The Bible has given us several stories of miraculous military victories which were won by Israel when the odds were dauntingly against them. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, just dust off the nearest Bible and read about Joshua at Jericho, Gideon’s army, Samson against the Phillistines or David slaying the giant, Goliath. These victories were not won by the Israelites alone. They were won by the all-powerful God on their behalf. Many today probably don’t believe these stories, and most certainly do not believe that anything comparable happens in our modern world. To these people I say study about the Six Day War of 1967. It too was a miraculous victory and could not have been accomplished without the divine intervention of God.
Israel is a tiny nation which is completely surrounded by bitter enemies. The land was given to them by God through Father Abraham thousands of years ago. He created it, and it was His to give. It is hallowed ground, and it most certainly belongs to them. And with that being the case, Israel on several occasions has made generous offers of land for a Palestinian state. Each time the Palestinians and the entire Arab world rejected the offers. They refused because a Palestinian state is not their ultimate goal. The total destruction of Israel is. Israel has to be aggressive in the defense of their land because their survival depends on it. The God of today is the same God of the Old Testament. He hasn’t changed, and He wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now we have a Muslim wolf in Christian sheep’s clothing occupying the White House. This too I truly believe. He and his band of merry stooges are driving a huge wedge between us and Israel. God’s judgment on America will soon follow. Israel will stand by God’s providence no matter what may come. But unlike some of our financial and industrial giants, America is not too big to fail.