Well, I wasn’t going to do this for fear of giving the false impression that I’m some kind of political blogger, fixed on the war in the Middle East. As I already mentioned, I do find myself thinking about it, but this blog is not about that. This blog is about the daily reading of God’s Word and making application for my life, today. But, the chapters of the past few days have brought to mind thoughts of what’s going on over in Israel and Lebannon. So, here you go…
What if I could write a letter to Oama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda? Or, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah? Or, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the leader of Hamas? Who is the leader of the country-less “nation” of Islamic radicals? That’s the difficulty in warring with such a threat. So, it was interesting to find the following verse in today’s chapter 28 of Proverbs:
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.
Certainly, this verse jumped out at me as relevant to the war in the Middle East. It has become even more clear that these radical Islamic terrorists will stop at nothing until “every Jew has been pushed into the sea” and until Islam is the only religion. Pure rebellion as verse 2 indicates. As a matter of fact, this chapter is full of references to evil, tyrannical leaders:
3 A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
10 He who leads the upright along an evil path will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
16 A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment, but he who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.
19 He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
I don’t claim to know the entire history of the Jews and Muslims. I don’t know how all this started or when. But, when I read today’s verses in Proverbs 28, there is much to say about what’s really going on. Evil has raised its ugly head and the innocent of those areas are suffering.
Lord, I don’t have any answers. I don’t understand the history or the method to stop the shedding of innocent blood. But I pray for the leaders of the nations – those that hear from You, the One True God, for guidence. May Your will be done and Your Kingdom be glorified through all this. Send Your warring angels to help put an end to all this evil, and bring Your perfect peace back to us, Lord. Your Word says that if we will humble ourselves and pray, that You will hear and heal our lands. May that be, Lord. – amen