Time For God: Day 13

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: Psalm 125:1-2.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.

In northeast Jerusalem, we sat and talked on the slopes of Mount Scopus. We looked down from an elevation of 2,710 feet. Amal, a young Israeli woman, nursed her coffee nervously. Her tears flowed freely. She recounted how she began a new career as a security guard. Her first day was spent on this campus of the Hebrew University. We sat close by the place—and events—she was about to relive.

She said, “It was my first day of work. I took my lunch outside the restaurant, that one right there. I wanted to eat my food in the sunshine and fresh air. I’d just started eating when the explosion erupted. A homicide-bomber, with explosives strapped to his chest, entered the restaurant just after I left. I think he chose that location for maximum impact. It’s made of concrete and magnifies the blast.” She described how the blast lifted her into the air. She landed in a dazed heap over sixty feet away.

The blast took place on 31 July 2002 at the height of Summer-school. It would claim the lives of six women and three men. The scene was devastating. Traumatized onlookers watched blood-spattered students emerging from the building. Oddly, Amal sustained only bruises. She was otherwise physically unhurt. Emotionally, Amal was crippled on the inside. Now her tears showed through the fragile walls she tried so hard to maintain. She described how now her life is forever changed.

I reflect today on God’s promise to watch over his people. It does not suggest a pain-free life; neither for Amal, nor you. But His love surrounds Amal. Even though bad things do happen to God’s people, He invites us to be those who trust in the Lord.

We sat looking down toward the Old City. We could clearly see that the mountains surround Jerusalem. With the eye of faith, disciples of Jesus daily choose to place their trust in the Lord who surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.

How has God cared for you in times of adversity? How do you see His love surrounding you in challenges you face at this season of life? Who may like to hear from you, today? Who might value your words of shared encouragement and hope?

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, I thank you that your love is from eternity past to eternity future. Let your favour rest upon your chosen people, Israel, and its surrounding nations. Lord, make me a channel of your peace today, to neighbours, friends, and family. I pray in the Name of the Son of David, Jesus our Messiah. Amen.

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