On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean, flowing continuously in both summer and winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord —his name alone will be worshiped.
Dear God, I was having lunch with a friend today and Israel came up. He’s had some recent experience there and he mentioned that “most” Israelis are not devout and do not take their Jewish faith seriously. I don’t know how true that is, but I’d have to say it seems to be consistent with my perception. To be sure, I know some Jewish people who take their love for you and faith in you very seriously. But from a distance and what they portray publicly, I don’t see much mention of you from their society as a whole.
Which leads me to our country. It feels like we (and I mean the collective, broad-stroke stereotype of “we”) are becoming more and more believers that there is a God and not followers of you. This same friend mentioned his three adult children are very different in their faith. one is practically a monk (if not an actual monk—I’m not clear on his title, but he’s something in the Catholic Church). Another child is sounded to me like a believer in you and not a follower of you. The third is totally agnostic, if not atheist, pursuing morality as a principle by which to live his life. This isn’t dissimilar from my own children or many children of friends whom I know—or many people my age. We are drifting. We are the frog in the pot, cluelessly approaching the boiling point.
Father, Zechariah tells us in this prophecy that there will be a day when your name alone will be worshipped. I also heard an interview on a podcast yesterday where they talked about whether or not they should be worried about the future of the Christian church. Their ultimate answer was no, in the long run your church will be fine because you are in charge. But it might have to go through a refining process over a long period of time. It might get smaller, but ultimately more influential. One day the churches and the Christian faith we planted in the Southern Hemisphere might have to save faith in the northern hemisphere, but your church will be fine. Well, please, show me what you would have me do in the lives around me in your world so that I might be a small part of any ultimate plan you have.
In Jesus’s name I pray,