“God, be gracious to us, and bless us. May
he make his face shine toward us, so that your way may be known on earth, your
salvation among all nations. Let the peoples give thanks to you, God; let the
peoples give thanks to you, all of them. Let the nations be glad and shout for
joy, for you will judge the peoples fairly and guide the nations on earth.”
Psalm 67:2-5, Complete Jewish Bible
Those who know God, the True God, the Living God of Israel, know that He is a Father, and His big heart is for all the nations, for the peoples of the earth to know Him, learn of His commands, and walk in His ways.
Having returned from a 12-day journey to India in February 2020, my heart even more so comprehends the heart of the Father for the nations. As I walked among His beloved, those called out from worshiping the false gods who have deceived and blinded the eyes of multitudes, I have seen His love poured out for the people, to know Him even more, and the life He gives to those who seek Him.
He has given these eyes to see His glory, to comprehend His eternal love, and to share this abounding love with those who surround them. He has given them the courage to proclaim His truth among those who walk in darkness, to share His light with those who have yet to know and understand His ways.
I am touched by the lives of these who have been called to shepherd His people – Pastor John Ebenezer of Mucherla in south India, who tirelessly ministers to the 175 pastors he oversees, even as he travels for hours on the rugged roads, in his 74th year of life. Also, Pastor Lucie Joy, Pastor Yeshudas of Kotun, Pastors David and Phillip, Pastor John Paul – just a few among the 70 pastors I had the honor and joy of meeting and teaching of the love the Lord has for the nation of Israel and the Jews. And as believers now in Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, they now are included to stand among those who owe a debt to Israel, the Jews, for giving us the Word of God, the Bible, the Prophets, the Apostles, and above all, our Lord and Savior, the Messiah Yeshua.
These have been included among others in the nations who serve the Lord with all their heart, mind and soul, seeking to bring His Kingdom within their local church congregations, the family of God whom He has called together, as our Father God so longs to share His love with.
These pastors and those who have joined with them will not only see His life imparted among them but will stand in eternity to see Him in all His glory. Though some now may meet in simple block buildings with the dirt floors and only blankets to sit on, for all eternity they will rejoice in the heavens with our Lord and King, and the eternity promised for all those who have received His salvation and forgiveness.
“I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:22-27, NASU
The Father’s heart for the nations has brought them to His Only Son, Jesus. With their names written in the Lamb’s book of life, they will be joined together with the rest of the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, who longs to see and witness His soon return.
May You, Father, keep them strong, empower them with Your supernatural gifts, and cover them with the everlasting love that You so freely give to all who come to You.
Thank You for the opportunity to be among these who call upon Your Name, who seek Your face, and who have been blessed with the heart of the Father for the people of their nation, for this is the impartation of Your heart that You have so freely shared.
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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Now Think On This #482 – in the year of our Lord 02.23.2020 – “Father’s Heart for the Nations” Sunday, 6:45 am, Charlotte, NC USA