Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 18 Scripture Selection: Psalm 83-84
Food for Thought: Ps. 83:1-5
Israel’s existence and her ability to thrive through the years, surrounded by enemies who want nothing better than to snuff out her inhabitants, can be described as nothing less than a miracle by the hand of God. Providentially, despite great opposition in the international community, Israel continues to prosper and be a blessing to the entire world. Just look at the innovations that have come from this tiny nation! (For a quick, fascinating look, go to CBN.com, select “video”, and then search “Jerusalem Dateline: Innovation in Israel, May 23, 2014.)
The Lord has been faithful to fulfill His promise to Abraham, found in Genesis 12:1-3: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” Continuing in the chapter, the place where the Lord sent Abraham is identified as Canaan, which later becomes Israel. So blessing Israel is in agreement with the Lord’s will and “blesses” Abraham, which is beneficial to those who do so, as the Lord promised it would be (vs. 3). Contrarily, there are consequences for those who oppose Israel, which is to oppose the Lord Himself.
No matter how difficult the circumstances or how much pressure is put on Israel by people ignorant of the covenant she has with God, Israel will always come out on top, and God will bless those on her side. So stand with Israel and pray for her (Ps. 122:6, 7). To be on Israel’s side is to be on God’s side and in agreement with His plan.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):