Wonderlast: Israel Day 8

How can a loving God allow suffering?

In the midst of a horrifying situation out of our control, we look to a greater power for answers. These days the hearts of many have grown cold; out of confusion, out of distrust, maybe even out of frustration.

God does not exist. How can He, when I am going through this?

The one thing I ask of the Lord
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in His Temple.
For He will conceal me there when troubles come;
He will hide me in His sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

David writes this psalm while running for his life from his mentor that was trying to kill him. In his distress he sets up an altar of worship and places on it the sacrifice of praise.

Can we still say He is good even if the cancer does not go away? Can we still say His mercy endures forever when the divorce is finalized?

The altar of worship, is an altar of love. It’s a place of sacrifice and ‘Yes, Lord’.

This is our triumph, that we have set Him before our eyes and we will NOT be shaken. It costs us to open our mouths when our hearts are heavy but God is the strength of our heart and our portion forevermore. That means when I can’t sing, He will sing through me. When I’m breaking down at His feet, the rivers of my tears will not quench the flame of love He swears by His name over me.

We, His children, are keepers of love’s flame, we fan the embers of our brothers and sisters’ faith that are failing. When we have walked through and come out in one piece on the other side, we strengthen one another because these days the love of many are growing cold and we each need the other.

As we each submit to our seasons, we need to position ourselves. We cannot afford to dismiss the discipline of worship. Laying sacrifices of praise at the altar before a King through whom, mercies are new every morning.

The shout of a King is among you, you will not be defeated.

Interesting story about the mountains here, the ice that melts seeps through the rocks to water the fields below. Because Israel doesn’t have a lot of water, they rely on Heaven’s rains. So the mountains are a reminder to the people they always have to depend on God to be their supply and providence.

Join me on this study tour, I’ll be posting up pictures of the sites on my instastory (@sumi.jelly) everyday.

Thinking of: Shofar shogood, harps and bowls.

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