"And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
One dilemma of being God’s chosen people is that we are called to be a blessing but often resented by the very people we bless. Those who reject God will reject the people who love Him.
Israel, scattered among the nations, continues to be a blessing to each country they inhabit, and yet suffers rejection and persecution. This year, Israeli scientists developed an instantaneous CoViD-19 virus “gargle” test that is being used in airports all over Europe. At the same time, the Neo-Nazi “Nordic Resistance“ movement is marching, distributing anti-Semitic propaganda and inciting violence against Jews in Europe during the High Holy Days.
So it is with Christians, who are consistently the best employees, citizens, and public servants precisely because of their faith, but who are often resented and rejected by those in power who don’t want to be reminded of God’s ways.
In the face of this dilemma, God speaks: “Fear not, but let your hands be strong.“ And He assures us, “I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.”
Lord, strengthen my hands to be a faithful blessing to the community where I live, no matter what other people say. I will put my trust in You, and leave the outcome in Your hands, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Pastor Dan Giles