US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a peace plan today. We have seen this many times. Presidents and others propose peace. People wave flags. We all hope. Right? But do the people who oppose Israel want a deal? Do they want a little more land? It seems what they want is for Israel to not be there.
I believe only God can bring peace because it will require a change of heart, a complete and lasting transformation of all the souls looking at this and thinking one thing to suddenly think and believe and uphold something else entirely.
In 2018, Trump did something no other President could (would) do and that is to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. I found it encouraging and unexpected. I suppose I had grown accustomed to things being impossible. It gave me hope. Maybe this is also not impossible.
I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. from Matthew 9:13 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all and ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" Matthew 10:5-7
Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Like light from the sun, except you can't see the sun.
It is behind a cloud, but the light is still shining.
How is it doing that?
Like a smile deep in your heart when you know you were heard, truly heard.
He is not really like anything else.
There you are with questions.
The place is dark. You are dark.
You are sitting in a shadow. Why is life so hopeless? You realize in that moment that you are wrong. You are delighted, relieved, overjoyed (or even just regular joy at that point), that life is not as you thought. It is better. It is good. He is there, with you, real. Jesus is real.
Enough. Filled. Full.
Have you ever been full? Have you ever had enough? He loves you and He wants you to know.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13