Monday Devotional: Partners in God’s Purposes
The Fellowship | May 13, 2019
“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant;
do not be dismayed, Israel.
I will surely save you out of a distant place,
your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,
and no one will make him afraid.”—Jeremiah 46:27
This month, Israel honored its fallen soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in securing and protecting God’s Holy Land, and celebrated its 71st anniversary as the modern Jewish State. Join us as we explore through the timeless teachings of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein how God has watched over His land and His people since biblical times. To find out how you can support God’s “watchmen on the wall,” visit holylandmoments.org/help.
Our Scripture today come from a section in Jeremiah that focused on Egypt’s downfall and the Egyptians’ imminent capture by the Babylonians. However, in the last two verses, the prophet turned to the children of Israel who knew that they were also destined to be overtaken by the Babylonians.
In this instance, the prophet came to reassure them. He wanted them to know that God’s plans for them were different from His intentions for the Egyptians. The children of Israel were God’s people and He promised them a bright future.
“Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,” the prophet began. Jeremiah continued: “I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.”
I love this verse, not just because it demonstrates God’s love for His people, but also because it is a verse that is very much alive and real today.
Here at The Fellowship, we have witnessed how the children of Israel have returned to the Holy Land through our ministry, On Wings of Eagles. Long-lost Jews have resurfaced in Israel from all four corners of the world. However, the verse is not completely fulfilled as of yet.
Unfortunately, we cannot say that Israel lives in peace and security. We don’t yet live in a world where no one tries to make Israel afraid. On the contrary, we witness daily provocations from Israel’s enemies who openly threaten to wipe the Jewish state off the map.
So this verse is particularly interesting. It is in the process of being fulfilled. What makes it even more exciting to me is that God has given us the opportunity to be partners with Him in making these prophecies come true.
After the Israelites had left Egypt hundreds of years earlier, they were in the desert and it was time to build the Tabernacle, a temporary dwelling for God. God had instructed Moses to take contributions from the people in order to build the sanctuary. Does that strike you as strange? Why would the God who performed all the miracles in Egypt need help in building His dwelling?
The Jewish sages explain that God doesn’t need any help, but by His grace and compassion, He gives us the privilege of contributing to His purposes.
At The Fellowship, we are honored to contribute to God’s purposes. Bringing God’s people home to Israel and building bomb shelters for security are just a few of our many lifesaving, biblical, and prophetic projects. We hope that you will join us in serving God’s purposes until every last prophecy is brought to fruition.