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Ashes and Beauty

In biblical times, ashes were associated with mourning. They were an external symbol of death, destruction and tragedies resembling the agony a person was going through. One example from the book of Esther was when the decree of Haman to destroy the Jews went out:

“When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2 He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, for no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.” (Est 4:1-3, NKJV)grief-2

We live in a fallen and broken world, filled with broken people. The tragedy and pain is not only our own experience but of those around us. We cause brokenness and we ourselves are broken. We may no longer use ashes as a symbol of mourning, but mourning is still part of our lives.

Our Lord knows our brokenness and came in person to carry away our sorrows. Most of His ministry years weren’t spent in the large centers of power and influence, but among the distant, the outcast and the broken. He went through the forgotten parts of the country and spread healing in the places of brokenness. He started out in the distant Nazareth, and declared His mission:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;” (Isa 61:1-3, NKJV)

Our Lord is still finding us in our brokenness. He still sees our grief and reaches out to comfort those who mourn. But He does more than comfort us; His touch is there to offer an exchange. You see, like in the time of Mordechai, we cannot enter into the King’s courts wearing our sackcloth and ashes. We have to be wearing proper attire to enter into the King’s presence. That is why He exchanges “Beauty” for our “Ashes,” and “oil of joy” for our “mourning.” We can continue to mourn for as long as we choose, but there comes a time where the Great Healer wants to escort us into the courts of the King, and to do so we must accept His exchange.grief-1

If we desire to see the broken made whole, we must change our location to the place where healing takes place. There is a prophesy in the book of Isaiah about the suffering of the Messiah. It says:

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:5, NKJV)

The word used in Hebrew for “stripes” is- ובחבורותו-(U-be-Chavurato)- which is also the word for “being together.” So the verse also can mean that “In His presence” or “when being with Him” we are healed. It is His choosing to come and be with us that is the source of our healing, and He comes not only to sit with us in our grief, but to give us garments with which we can walk together into the courts of the King.

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A Matter of Life Or Death

*Chaiya was pregnant with her second child and was among the protesters in a pro-abortion rally when she met *Shoshi from the organization, Be’ad Chaim. “If you keep the baby, we will help you”, Shoshi told her. Chaiya was young and unhappy with life. She had already suffered so much, how could she possibly add another child to the mix of her struggles? But Shoshi’s words played over in her mind and compelled her to pursue the offer. Because of Shoshi and the help of Be’ad Chaim, Chaiya’s baby is alive today. 

Last week, the staff of CBN Israel were invited to speak to a group of mothers who have all declined abortion with the help of Be’ad Chaim. Chaiya and her two small children were among those who came. Staff member Arik Peled shared his personal story of how he too faced difficulties in his life as a child and young adult. He suffered abuse and parental absence which caused him to look to other means to fill his needs. But one day, Arik realized his life was his own responsibility and the decisions he made would affect his personal future. He could no longer blame others for the life he lived. His choices were his to bear. Arik went on to give examples for the women of ways they can start taking control of their lives, giving them hope for a better future. 

After the meeting, several of the women shared how the message had impacted them. Chaiya however, was in tears. “That message was very deep”, she said. “It was as if everything you shared was just for me”. 

Chaiya related to Arik’s personal story as she too suffered abuse from a family member, causing her to leave home at a young age. She wanted to blame others for her struggles, but after hearing this message, she desires to take responsibility for her life and the choices she makes for her children. 

Chaiya needs our prayers as she still has a challenging road ahead of her. Pray with us that she will have courage to act out the message she heard and to forgive all those who have hurt her. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support as we seek to make a difference. 

*Names altered for privacy

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In The Face of Temptation

It was my first time living for any extended amount of time in Israel when I met a dynamic woman who was introduced to me as a prophetess. She was always ready with a word from God to give to anyone she met- believers and strangers alike. On the outset, she seemed incredible, even larger than life. But as I learned her story, something seemed unsettling.

She was a wife, a mother and a pastor of a large congregation overseas. Each time she came to Israel, she left all that she had behind in order to do what she felt “called to do” for several months at a time. A man whom she nicknamed her Boaz accompanied her everywhere she went.

Eventually, the day came when everything she had crumbled. She made the decision to marry her Boaz leaving dozens of devastated families behind, including her own.

“Take heed that you stand lest you fall.”- 1 Corinthians 10:12

While the story is specific to this woman’s life, the temptation is not. Everyone experiences temptation in one form or another. 

Devastation doesn’t often effect marriages, ministries or our lives in forms of instantaneous natural disasters. It comes through one decision off the path at a time. We all love the grandeous ideas of being favored, exalted, doing GREAT THINGS FOR GOD! But those great things are so often Satan’s trap leading to our fall. Jesus’ greatness came in the form of servant-hood. Our great acts for God, our mighty ministries, our pedestal marriages can all fall hard if we are not careful to watch over them.

Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are. He was offered the kingdoms of the world. He was offered a way out from the suffering of the cross. He was told by His closest friend that God forbid He die for the sins of the people. But in all these temptations for grandeur, pleasure, and ease, He chose the cross. We have the hindsight to see that God exalted Jesus above all because of that decision. But we are faced daily with a choice of which road we are going to take. In the example above, we see a person who made choices that lead to compromising their commitment to their spouse and church.  Obedience to God’s calling doesn’t lead us to a path that is in opposition to His principles. 

When the Lord opens your eyes to a temptation from the enemy through His word, by His Spirit or in some other way, like Jesus did, resist it with the truth and run in the way of righteousness. Even though the right path is not always the easy one, in the end, you will look back and see those past trials and temptations as markers of victory over your enemy. 

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Superbook Makes Life-Changing Impact On Son of Single Mother

*Alex is the son of *Maria, a single mother from the Former Soviet Union, who works hard just to pay rent in their low-income neighborhood. Her small budget can’t afford extra-curricular activities which so many Israeli children enjoy. When Alex was invited by CBN Israel’s partner to join their free after school program, he and his mother were both grateful for the opportunity. What they didn’t know, was how this opportunity would change their lives.

Part of the after school program included watching a half hour episode of Superbook in Russian. Week after week, Alex drank in the message of God’s love and saw it worked out in the lives of the program leaders. At times, these leaders would invite all the children to join them on trips to amusement parks or for walks on hiking trails, with all expenses paid for. For Alex, there was something different and special about these people who believed in God. 

One afternoon, after seeing a Superbook episode, Alex prayed a very sincere prayer to God. His heart was moved by all that he had seen and experienced. As Alex grew in his faith, his behavior began to change. The changes in Alex’s life were so evident, that his mother took notice. 

“Over the course of a year, I really saw my son become a different person”, she said. “Even people we know commented to me how much he had changed for the good”. 

When Maria saw what God had done in her son’s life, she wanted to experience Him in her life also. She prayed and has since been reading God’s word with Alex every night so they can grow in their faith together.

Maria loves Superbook so much and is so grateful for how it impacted her son, that now she volunteers her time to teach Superbook to others.

*Names altered for privacy.

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Holocaust Survivor Leader Requests Meeting to be Held in Christ Church

A group of Holocaust Survivors from Jerusalem filed into the historical building of Christ Church last Monday morning per invitation of CBN Israel’s partner, Israel Roytman. The event was a musical performance by a family of Russian immigrants who go by the name of, “Jerusalem Keytlin Band”. Each member of the family band plays a different string or wind instrument creating a complete ensemble. The songs chosen for the event were Romanian Folk songs including their newest piece, “Schindler‘s List”.

Heads bobbed to the music and smiles spread across faces as the Survivors enjoyed these nostalgic songs they know and love so well. And of course, the talented and beautiful children of the Keytlin Band captured the hearts of everyone in the room. 

The event was held two days before Tu’Bishvat, Israel’s celebration of the trees, in which Roytman presented each person present with a gift of a fresh bouquet of flowers. The Holocaust Survivors were very thankful and shared their gratitude through hugs of appreciation.

 

Michael, the leader of the Holocaust Survivor organization asked specifically to hold the meeting in Christ Church. He said, “We feel closer to God in this place. We feel His presence here”.  Mary, a staff worker from Christ Church, thanked the Survivors for coming and greeted them warmly in the name of the Lord. “We are thankful for who you are and may the Lord bless you in everything”, she said. 

After the event, Roytman treated the group to a meal in the Christ Church dining hall where they were served meat, salads, breads and dessert. 

 Every month, holiday celebrations, events and the distribution of food parcels take place in ten different cities, with over one thousand Holocaust Survivors through the partners of CBN Israel. These who have suffered much in their lifetime, experience love and joy in their golden years through this program. We are ever so grateful for all the prayers and support of those who give generously to the work of CBN Israel and help make a difference in the lives of Israelis. 

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Growing Beyond The Pot

Have you ever grown a plant in a pot? It’s easy, right? As long as you don’t go away from the house for a few days and forget to water it, it grows. It sits in a place where it gets just the right amount of water and sunlight. No harsh weather to harm the newly formed leaves. It’s beautiful to see it grow in that protected environment where it has everything it needs.

There does come a time that the plant is just too big for the pot. It can’t really develop any further under those conditions. It is necessary to take it out of the pot and plant it out where it can grow. When you take it out of the pot, you can see how the tangled mess of roots has grown into a clump, rather than out. Planting the plant out in the open allows the plant to expand its root base out, going deeper in search of the nutrients it needs to flourish. Those expanded roots also create the support base it will need to carry the weight of the growth of the tree developing above ground.

This was similar to my experience when I was first a Christian. I gave my life to the Lord at a young age, and for the first few years I was in an environment that was much like the potted plant. I had my challenges, and I went through a certain amount of growth, but my ‘root system’ wasn’t challenged beyond the protected soil of the pot I was in. One of the handicaps of the pot stage of my growth was that I became arrogant in my walk, not realizing how I was being judgmental about others from the comfort of my own protective state. Little did I know that I was soon to be planted outside my ‘zone’ of protection.

When I left home after high school, I went and worked on an agricultural community in Israel. Form there I went and joined the army, in an infantry unit. This season was about five years where God stripped away all the things that had supported my faith like the pot the plant first grows in. The new challenges I faced, the experiences I was going through didn’t fit any of the nicely formulated theological or doctrinal answers I had. They were harsh, tough and messy. I was in a constant state of being bombarded by an environment I felt ill-equipped to deal with. In my desperation and need, I had to dig, to go deeper, wrestling with God for the blessing of His presence.

This season broke my pot and forced me to expand my root system in search of the resources I needed for survival. I couldn’t rely on the knowledge about God; I had to get to the place where I experienced Him. In this process I found God’s Amazing Grace. In my brokenness He was finally able to reach me. God declared who He is and how He deals with us:

“Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.” (Deut 32:39)

Allowing God to break your pot is the only way you can become the fruitful tree you are destined to be. The wounds He wounds us with are those of a faithful friend (Proverbs 27:6), and His purpose is to plant us where we can grow. That is why we are exhorted:

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.” (Heb 12:5-8)

This is how God brings us to the place of being like the blessed one who is described in Psalm 1:

“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” (Ps 1:1-3)

But you will have to let your pot be broken.

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God Answers Prayer For Rain

Nearing the end of 2017, Rabbis in Israel began calling on the nation of Israel to pray and intercede for God’s blessing of rain. Israel has suffered a drought for more than four years now and meteorologists were predicting the possibility of yet another dry winter. Between the months of April/May to September/October, there is no rainfall in Israel. Many times, the first rain falls during the holiday of Succot. It was after Succot 2017 that Chief Rabbi David Lau, stated, “The beginning of the month of Kislev (November/December in the Gregorian calendar) has passed, and the land of Israel has yet to be blessed with rain. Therefore I call on the public to first of all to be exceedingly kind to one another, as well as add the prayer that is said when the rain stops.”

The Sea, or more appropriately the lake of Galilee, which is one of Israel’s main fresh water reservoirs was the lowest it had been in the past decade. It is currently more than five meters below a normal sea level. Israel is desperate for rain.

In response to Rabbi Lau’s statement, thousands of Israelis gathered at the Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City to pray.

“Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.”- Jeremiah 14:22

Since the gathering at the Western Wall, several storms have hit Israel resulting in a rise of the Sea of Galilee. From one storm alone, the water rose over 15 centimeters. 

“Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!’ So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, ‘Go and look out toward the sea.’ The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, ‘I didn’t see anything.’ Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, ‘I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.’ Then Elijah shouted, ‘Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”- 1 Kings 18:41-46.

Though we have seen God answer prayer for rain, the land is still in need for more. Like Elijah who persisted in prayer to the God of heaven to pour out rain upon the dry and thirsty land of Israel thousands of years ago, so the same, let’s persist in prayer that God, who is rich in mercy, would continue to fill Israel’s lakes, rivers and streams once again! Let’s remind the Lord of His word and proclaim His promises to the inhabitants of Israel:

“The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; You, oh Lord, will answer them Yourself, as the God of Israel You will not forsake them. You open rivers on the bare heights and springs in the midst of the valleys; You make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land fountains of water.”- Isaiah 41:18

“Shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; Confirm Your inheritance when it was parched.”- Psalm 68:9

” We ask for rain from You LORD at the time of the spring rain– From You, Oh LORD who makes the storm clouds; And You will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.”- Zechariah 10:1

“LORD, open Your good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to Your land in its season and to bless all the work of our hands;So that Israel shall lend to many nations…”- Deuteronomy 28:12

“You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.”- Psalm 102:13

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”- Isaiah 62:7

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Faithfulness in a Drought

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Ps 1:1-3, NKJV)

When we think about leading a fruitful life, it is natural to have a desire to produce something that is of value to those around us. But the reality is that growing fruit takes time and careful tending. In the verses in Psalm 1, we find the comparison of a tree that is planted by the river as one that brings forth fruit in its season. So we can conclude that the river which nourishes the tree is the “law of the Lord” on which we “mediate day and night.” So becoming fruitful is directly related keeping the word of God a close influence in our lives.

Wednesday was “TU BiShvat,” here in Israel (you can click on the link for further reading); it is a Jewish celebration of planting of trees. Small trees are given to the kids, and everyone goes out to plant the new tree together. Picks and shovels are used on the rocky soil to make room for the little tree, and then the kids put it where it is meant to grow. Two ways a tree gets the water it needs is from above (rain) or below (underground, or the ‘aquifer’) here in Israel we have an arid climate, and droughts are not uncommon. To survive, trees must develop root systems that are deep enough to get what it needs from the water that is below ground. So being planted by the streams is a wonderful solution, but in Israel, running streams are only seasonal and during the dry parts of the year, they dry out.

The dry seasons force the trees to develop deeper roots that reach the water that penetrated the soil during the rainy season. Then the tree continues to be fruitful even when there is no evidence of water on the surface. The water of God’s word, given to us in the rainy season (associated with times of blessings), must be allowed to penetrate to soil of our heart because that is what sustains us during times of drought. In order to survive in a seasonal world where we have times of drought and times of storms, we first must allow God’s word to penetrate the soil of our hearts and then to develop the deeper root system to reach what God means for us to store up in our depths. In this, God’s work in our lives continues to be evident even when others can’t see externally the source of our fruitfulness.

 

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A Land Revived

Before the children of Israel came into their promised Land, the Lord warned them on the mountains of Ebal and Gezarim that if they obeyed His voice and followed His commands, His blessings would overtake them and they and their land would flourish. On the other hand, if they forsook the Lord to follow after other gods and worshiped idols, the curses He warned them of would overtake them and they would be removed from their land like Adam from the garden of Eden. (See Deuteronomy 28 & 29).

When the children of Israel disobeyed the Lord and turned their hearts towards idolatry, they were dispersed throughout the nations and the land of Israel became desolate. It was as if it mourned their removal. When famous American writer, Mark Twain visited what was then known as “Palestine” in 1867, he described the land as such: “A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

During the time of the diaspora, the Land of Israel consisted of either deserts or swamps. It was largely uninhabited. But God, who is rich in mercy, promised that a time would come when He would restore the people of Israel to their own Land, not because of their righteousness, but for His Holy namesake!

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, ‘It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.”- Ezekiel 36:22-23

The children of Israel did not deserve their restoration to their land. But God, who is faithful to His covenant and keeps His promises, said He would do something with all His heart and with all His soul- He would restore them to their promised Land so that the world might know that He alone is God.

“I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.”- Jeremiah 32:40-41.

“It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” And your land, “Married”; For the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married.”- Isaiah 62:4

“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”- Isaiah 55:11-13

When the Jewish people started returning to Israel in 1948, they began planting what are now millions of trees. The desert blooms with date palms. Forests of cedar trees fill the hillsides. The mountains and the hills are green once again just as the Lord had promised.

“I will put the cedar in the wilderness, The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert together with the box tree and the cypress…”- Isaiah 41:19.

In an article written by Jim Garrish, he states, “The Jewish National Fund has estimated that close to 250 million trees of various types have now been planted in Israel. These have not only been planted by the Israelis, but by Jews the world over, and also by multitudes of Christian pilgrims. Today where the bleak hills once stood in Mark Twain’s era, lovely forests now stand.”- Tu’Bishvat, the New Year of Trees

This week, as we celebrate the festival of Tu’Bishvat, in which the people of Israel will plant more trees in the soil of their homeland, we can stand back and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” He has fulfilled and is fulfilling His promise to bring back His people to their own land that the world might know He is God. 

“So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”- Isaiah 61:3

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God’s Heart for the Lost

“Hurry, hurry, hurry! Let’s be on time today, girls!”, I said as I shoveled my children out the front door. It seems that no matter what time we wake up in the morning, there’s always something that comes up at the last minute. Having females in my house means those “somethings” are usually wardrobe related. Or hair. Someone always forgets to do their hair.

But this time, the hold-up was out of the ordinary. I couldn’t find my keys! I have a designated place where I keep them, and since my purse is not the sterio-typical endless pit where anything could get lost inside, I was perplexed. I quickly scanned every pocket and then every memory of my brain to figure out where they could possibly be. In the short time we had to get out the door, I didn’t manage to find them.

Thankfully, I had a spare set to the doors of the house. So I grabbed those and got the family to where we needed to go. But for the next 24 hours, my mind could not rest. I simply HAD to find those keys! I’ve read countless stories of God speaking to people in thoughts of wisdom as a direct result of prayer. And quite honestly, I have had my fair share of those times as well! So I knew that the all-knowing God could help me if I just quieted myself for a moment and prayed.

“Lord, You know where my keys are and You know how important they are to me. Please speak to my mind direction of where to look for them.”

The very next thought I had was a picture of my jacket. I went searching for it, but couldn’t find that either! Now I was REALLY perplexed. I began calling places I had recently been. I turned over everything I owned looking for it. Finally, I had exhausted every possibility. The next morning,while doing household chores, I asked the Lord again for help. I felt desperate to find what I had lost.

When I got to my kids bedroom, something caught my eye. Jetting out beneath a pile of the kids laundry was what looked like the sleeve of my jacket. I pulled it out and sure enough, it was! I grabbed the pockets of either side and found my missing keys.

In an instant, I went from feeling despondent to exuberant! All I could say, as I got on my knees was, “Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Lord! Thank You!”

Isn’t it just like God to care for things that are lost? Yeshua, God’s Son, gave us many examples of the Father’s heart concerning this matter.

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”- Luke 15:8-10. 

The story before this in the same chapter was of a shepherd leaving all to find his one lost sheep. And after these comes a story of a father rejoicing over the return of his prodigal son.

Friends, this is the heart of our God. He is pursuing people with His love so that we might find our home in Him. And He invites you and me to be a part of the search and also the rejoicing!

If you are praying for a loved one to come to know Jesus as their Savior, don’t give up! God is at work through your prayers and desires for all men to be saved. Perhaps you are the one who feels you have lost your way? Friend, it is never too late to run home. The Father is always watching, always waiting for you to return to Him. And friends, if you have never had a heart for people who don’t know the Lord, I encourage you to ask God for His heart of compassion. As much as I felt restless until I had found my keys, how much more does God earnestly desire for the lost of this world to be found, at peace and to rejoice in knowing Him?

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