If we will keep our minds centered on Christ, then He will keep us in perfect peace.
Today’s Reading: Numbers 30-31
Key Verse: Numbers 31:6a
Then, Moses sent them to war, one thousand from each tribe.
No wonder this book is called “Numbers.” Our reading is once again filled with numbers. We are appalled at the violence, no doubt, in our reading today. If we are watching the news from the Middle East, we will probably conclude that not much has changed in 3,500 years. But there is change for those who follow Jesus with a fervent heart. He teaches us to love our enemies. We can debate “The Just War,” but that can be a frustrating exercise. We who live in lands of peace and safety cannot fully understand the lives of the people of Gaza and Israel today, let alone understand the circumstances of Midian and ancient Israel. Please read John 14:27; 16:33; Ephesians 2:14; Colossians 3:15; 2 Peter 1:2.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I ask for grace to keep my mind centered on You. You promised that as my mind is “stayed on You,” You will keep me in “perfect peace.” (Isaiah 26:3) Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In other posts, I've mentioned my experience as a credentialed reporter when President Jimmy Carter addressed the Israeli parliament in an effort to get the Camp David Accord back on track. When I was asked if I thought there was a chance for peace, I spoke contrary to the prevailing wisdom, and said: “Yes, there will be a breakthrough. Recently, the churches of Jerusalem prayed and God is answering our prayers. For the first time in history, three leaders of three different religions, Christian, Jewish, and Moslem, prayed together in Washington, D.C. Carter, Begin, and Sadaat, joined in prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for the success of the Camp David Accords. God is answering their prayers. There will be a breakthrough.” I believe this was a prophetic word that helped destroy the plans of Satan. My statement was carried on live radio all over the Middle East. The so-called, “prince and power of the air” was shot down and God’s plans prevailed. The historic peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was signed. I know God used me for His purpose that fateful day in Israel. The reason for prophecy in the Bible is not to make work for preachers; it is to fight against “principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Sorry, I could not get this story into 100 words.