October 7, 2023. A date that will live in infamy.
Those words take many of us Americans back to December 7, 1941. Franklin D. Roosevelt chose words to describe the surprise attack of the Imperial Japanese Navy on American military forces in Pearl Harbor.
How can we describe the brutal and intentional slaughter of hundreds of Israeli men, women, and children? What righteous indignation can be aroused to oppose the satanic hatred that motivates terrorists and their Jew-hating apologists around the world?
Israel is currently embroiled in a war unlike anything it has experienced in its 75-year existence as a modern nation. The existential threats that Israel overcame in 1948, 1967, and 1973 were only foreshadows of the metastasized cancer of hate and violence that it faces today. The onslaught of recent events demonstrates that God’s prophetic Word is still being fulfilled right before our eyes. Because He has chosen to reveal the end of all things, we can be certain that He is still in control — and that His Will will be done.
Last month I urged you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This month I want to ask you to pray for the Jewish people — both collectively and by name if possible. Pray for Israeli Jews as they fight for their lives amidst the faltering support of a world that will quickly and inevitably turn against them once again.
In the days immediately following October 7th, I kept coming back to Psalm 59:1-3 and Psalm 7, where after imploring the Lord to deliver him from the evil of the wicked, David affirms his everlasting hope in God’s sovereignty and righteousness, “I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High” (Psalm 7:17, NASB). As all who trust Him can testify, if you put your faith in Him, “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV 1984).
Please start off this new year — 2024 — praying for the peace of Jerusalem by calling for the return of the Prince of Peace!