As we look at the world scene today we see a landscape of war, terror and persecution. Whether it’s the crisis in the Middle East flamed by the terrorist organization Hamas, (which by the way not only terrorizes the people of Israel, but also the Palestinian people of Gaza) or the persecution of Christians around the world, there is one common denominator. You might be thinking radical Islam ideology right?
Well, that is definitely behind much of what we see playing out around the globe. But I want us to remember that even behind the ideology of radical Islamic terrorism there is a common evil power who is totally against the plan and purpose of God in this world. Yes, that’s right, SATAN himself is behind all that we see that is evil in the world today.
As the world watches the unfolding conflict in the Middle East, and as Israel responds to more than 2,000 missiles launched against her in recent weeks, it is important to remember God’s covenant with Abraham. He said that He would make a nation from Abraham, and in that regard that:
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
Then in Psalm 105, God affirmed that He would keep His covenant for a thousand generations, so this covenant is still in force today.
“O offspring of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as your portion for an inheritance.” Psalm 105:6-11
Thus, God will bless those who support the nation of Israel, founded through Abraham and curse those who do not. Let’s remember this as we pray for both Israel and those innocent civilians being affected by Satan’s onslaught of terror around the world.