As many of you know, Israel just went through another round of elections, only two years after the last round. The preliminary results show that the Likud Party, which is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s party, won the elections. Because Israel is a parliamentary government, Prime Minister Netanyahu will have to build a coalition, which is a very critical part of the process, as the other parties that he chooses will determine the direction of the new Israeli government.
Many in the Body of Messiah admire Mr. Netanyahu, and I often read comments from people (especially in the USA) that wish he would be the President of the United States of America. In writing this blog, I am not giving my own personal opinion of Mr. Netanyahu, but rather suggest that we have a Kingdom-oriented mindset, rather than a worldly one.
Again and again, I see us, God’s followers, falling into the same trap as the people of Israel of old did; we look for a “modern” king, rather than looking at God. We admire men, and in turn, put our hopes in them, rather than in God.
But I want to stress the importance of praying for our leaders, no matter what their policies are. It is important to note that there is always the potential that this new coalition may bring Israel to a place far from God and His plan. But even this is not beyond the Almighty, and the future is in His hands despite man’s ways.
In summary, my brothers and sisters, I would like to encourage us to look at God, and God alone, and to put our trust in Him alone. Lets us pray together Psalm 121 over the people of Israel:
“I Will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel. Will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in. From this time forth and forever.” Psalm 121
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Thank you Moran for reminding us where our strength comes.
Thank you for the keen reminder. People in the United States are very much looking for a strong leader to lead us out of the troubles we have been facing for so long — and perhaps we have forgotten where our true strength comes from.
Thanks too, Bro. Moran. It’s a good reminder since we tend to focus on personalities, thinking that God placed them there (which is true). But we also often forget that people can turn from God’s plan and will overnight, and are therefore volatile. Ultimately, by prayer and petition, we should focus on God alone in His sovereignty to fulfill His promise for Israel.
Well said, Moran. I prayed Psalm 121 with you and am trusting the LORD to be true to His Word.
Moran, Thank you for putting things into prospective and for your encouraging words. As we walk in these days of darkness, may we never lose site of Who we need to follow and Who is watching over us. How we need to learn to trust and lean on God alone. For HE alone is our Deliverer. Shabbat Shalom!
I was telling my wife just last night after the results were released: “I wonder how Moran feels about this, and what he thinks about Bibi’s political statements and congressional address.” Ultimately, it is God who raises up kings and takes them down, and “we get the leaders we deserve. So, the solution to ‘bad government’ is for us to become better informed about what is happening in the world and to support political candidates who value our liberties as citizens and taxpayers.”
We can’t trust in chariots or horses, but must ultimately trust God’s hand is in the details. Yet we must stay engaged and do what we can to preserve as salt and light, and support the best choice we can out of many not so great choices.
14“When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me, you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.”
and this is the part that makes me go WOW!
“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.”
While I have grown wise enough (and cynical? enough) not to embrace Bibi or any of our leaders as ‘THE answer’, I do find my self thinking, ‘What if…?
Dear brother Moran
Thanks for sharing your precious thought to encourage the people around the world, like me too.
Yes, only true God who can rescue us and guide us in His way.
I do stand and pray with you for Israel.