Just last week on Saturday, October 6th, a news report came out that the IDF shot down a foreign drone that entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon. The problem is not only that this drone entered Israel’s secure airspace virtually undetected, but that Israel didn’t manage to catch it until it was in the Negev, way down south from the Lebanese border. Many here in Israel are trying to understand how this happened, and needless to say, many Israelis are very concerned.
Obviously, the greatest concern is that this is a big glitch in Israeli security. Why is this of such concern? The sad fact is that Israel has faced the threat of annihilation since its rebirth on May 14th, 1948, the day after which, Israel was attacked by its Arab neighbors. Since that day, we have seen one attempt after another to destroy Israel; her enemies are obsessed with her ultimate destruction. This drone incident has two of Israel’s most virulent enemies, the Hezbollah terror organization and Iran, celebrating a “victory” in being able to “break into” the Israeli security zone. It’s not the first time that Israel’s enemies have declared victory: the 2006 war in the North, the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, and now this event. While none of these events are actually a victory for Israel’s enemies, they do show that for us here in Israel, we can’t and should not rely on our military power only.
Israel has one and only Defender: the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. The fact that Israel exists today, against all odds, is one of the strongest proofs of God’s existence today. If one studies Israel’s past wars, one will see that against all odds, Israel has been victorious, in spite of being smaller, and at times, possessing fewer weapons than her enemies. While many credit the victories to the strength of the IDF, or to Israel’s allies, I personally credit these victories to God and to His plan alone.
“Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4
God is the one who watches over Israel. This is not just an empty, feel-good cliché, either. It is our ultimate source of comfort, especially as times will steadily grow worse. We may see more events like the drone incident, but I believe that if we do see them, it is because God allows them to happen. He will allow them to happen for one reason alone, and that is His desire for His children, the children of Israel to return to Him and to rely on Him alone.
Let us take the time this weekend to really pray that the people of Israel will return to God, and acknowledge that He is our only sure defense. Let us also pray for Israel’s enemies to see that they are fighting the One and only True God, and that there is no way by which they can defeat Him. Let’s pray for a heart of repentance for them as well.
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