Daily Devotionals

'Every Day Light' with Selwyn Hughes

Devotional: July 11th

God's timepiece
"There is a certain people – whose customs are different from those of all other people." (v. 8)

For Reading & Meditation:
     Esther 3:7-8

We pause to expand on the point we made yesterday, namely that the fierce persecution which has been directed toward the Jewish people has been the very thing that has enabled them to maintain their clear spiritual identity. The fact that they have survived the cunning of such evil rulers as Pharaoh, Haman, and, in modern times, the German Reich, is convincing evidence that God has had a hand in their affairs. Civilizations are born, mature and die - so runs the pattern of human history. It has been like this with the Babylonians, the Persians, the Romans – but not the Jews. Throughout 4,000 years of history they have struggled, fallen, fought, failed, recovered and advanced across the civilizations of time to finally settle in the Promised Land. Admittedly they are not perfect, and one wishes that the rulers in modern-day Israel would approach their problems more sensitively, but this makes no difference to the fact that their presence in the land is by divine design. Right from the moment when Terah, the father of Abraham, and his family crossed the Euphrates, and by so doing became the first people to be called "Hebrews," meaning "the people who crossed over," God has overshadowed them, guided them and protected them. The Jewish nation has been described as "God's timepiece" because their movements accurately tell the world what time it is on God's clock of prophecy. Unless I am greatly mistaken, their return to the Promised Land and their strong national identity, marks a critical and important hour on God's clock of prophecy.

Father, can it be that I am passing through a vital hour in the history of the world and of humanity? It would seem so. Help me be alert and spiritually prepared for whatever is to happen. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.

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