I believe that we are living in the End Times and that we will soon be at war. In which direction does the focus of a believer need to be, especially in times of trouble?
Here in Israel we are nearing elections (and covet your prayers for this matter). While watching the news I cannot help but look at the heart of the people here in the land – both Jews and Arabs. What is our heartbeat, our focus? What are the things that we are aware of, and what is our direction?
A compass points north and is pulled there by the magnetic field. In life there are many magnetic fields which draw our hearts. If Yeshua is our compass then our hearts will be drawn to God’s direction. We were born to worship Him, but without Yeshua we will be confused and our hearts will be led in all the wrong ways.
Micah 4:1 speaks of a Kingdom that is coming. “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established…” (NKJV). Today human society still functions according to the kingdoms and governments of this world. Yet everything is leading us toward the final conflict and the time when Yeshua will again stand here in this land in defense of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:8-9). Whether we want it or not and whether we are ready for it or not, His plan will come to pass. Our compass must be pointing toward Yeshua, the King of Israel. We cannot afford to be focused on the leaders of this world – whether they are elected or dictators, kings or queens.
Only if we are filled with God’s love will we have peace in the midst of turmoil. When we are filled with His love we will find ourselves resting and not rushing to or from one thing or another, whether it be good or bad. When all mankind is filled with the love of God and has Yeshua at its center, then there will be peace with one another. That is the love which allows honor to flourish. His is the love which separates mankind from our selfishness.
Rather than walking in the name of the gods of this world we will walk in the name of the Lord our God (Micah 4:5). With Yeshua as our compass, our hearts will be drawn to the mountain of the Lord. Here is where we will find the love and grace of God.