Thursday, December 29, 2016

Watch Israel - This is a Gideon Moment

For some of us who use blogs to store and transmit what we write, it is always interesting to see the audience source for our writing. One of the tools used to track readership are the graphs provided that track the number of reads that take place in a given day.

Just a few days ago, at the time of the United Nations vote against Israel, I had a never before seen spike on one of the tracking graphs for my blog. It was not just a bump. It was a 20-fold spike in readers – a number I had never seen before. That unusual spike came from the nation of Israel. The spike was well beyond the graphing of my blog readers in the United States where most of my social media followers live. God was drawing my attention to Israel.

I say all of this to encourage you to raise your eyes above the course of events in your everyday life. Look to the nation of Israel and ask God to help you discern the signs of the times. Something unusual is taking place. We are not in a "business as usual" moment in our history. As large in significance as the Presidential election was in the United States, something larger is transpiring in the Middle East on a global scale.

We are in a moment of history like the days of Gideon when God would not use an obvious army of 10,000 to engage a coming battle, but would reduce the troops down to a group of only 300. These 300 were the ones who kept their eyes on the conflict ahead while going about a simple everyday task like taking a drink of water.

“’There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.’ When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the Lord told him, ‘Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.’ Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream. The Lord told Gideon, ‘With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites.’” Judges 7:4-7

Today, keep your eyes on Israel as you go about your daily tasks. Do not allow the busyness of your life to blind you to what lies before you in plain sight. God is choosing a small group of Kingdom-sighted people to accomplish something significant. You can be part of that group if you are willing to raise your eyes above the level natural sight and choose to see what is taking place in the realm of the Spirit.

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