Monday, 19 September 2011 08:53

Sometimes you just need to keep your head down

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“The wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest…”  Isa. 57:20

Even as I sat down to write this, five more “urgent warnings” about the situation surrounding Israel dropped into my inbox. Some are even prophesying World War 3, Armeggedon or Kingdom come!

Do we really need to be so agitated by this deluge of anti-Israel campaigns in Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Durban, the UN Council on Palestinian statehood or wherever? Maybe I've lived in Israel too long, but it seems to me that just like the sea, this reoccurring turbulence against the Jewish nation will only continue to rise and fall like waves. Fickle, these raging passions driven by storms of hatred are out of control, erratic and choppy. Like a storm at sea they will never reach any salient point of landing, but will only cause some turbulence.

The only way to cross a raging sea is to keep an even keel. It is useless to try and fight the swells and riptides which cannot be foreseen. Like a skilled surfer we just need to wait in expectation for yet another wave and ride it out. Let's not lose our heads and wipe out over just another tide change.

I hear many voices passionately trying to convince these nay-saying Israel bashers with logic or moral arguments. Have we forgotten the wisdom of Solomon, “Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.” Throwing money and resources into protests or flashy media campaigns is not going to change their minds. Sometimes I wonder if we only do it to appease our own weak conscious. 

Let us not allow these tumultuous winds of accusations, lies and false narratives to shift our focus away from where we need to be going.  We would do well to wait out these storms which will pass and invest our resources in inspiring our young people with a moral and universal vision of a Jewish nation as a light to the gentiles. Spending time listening to and arguing with the commotion around us will only distract us and distraction is a strategy to wear us down. Tired saints are easy prey.  

Good captains know how to keep a ship on course riding the waves with as little resistance as possible. Fighting waves head on smashing against the bottom only damages the ship and wastes energies needed to keep sailing.

Isaiah is telling us that like the sea, the wicked can never be at rest. The Hebrew is stronger than our translation. It means that there is nopossibility of its being at rest; it is unable to be still. The Septuagint renders it, 'But the wicked are tossed like waves, and are not able to be at rest.' They will never be at peace. The best we can do is learn to ride out these storms.

If history is any indication we can be assured that all this turmoil will eventually backfire and only further Israel’s strength and presence in the Land. I remember how just about a year ago the Europeans were putting pressure on Israel to make a deal with Syria over the Golan Heights. Even the Americans entered the foray looking for some easy come politically correct fodder. How foolish such an idea sounds today.

Facts on the ground will determine the outcome of all of this, not more lame attempts and deceptive rhetoric by Arab nations opposed to a Jewish state trying to destroy us. Even the devious push for Palestinian statehood will only further entrench Gaza and the West Bank into its own violent quagmire. I should rather expect some surprising turn of events in the near future.

When the waves are biggest, I put my head down and dive under where it is calm and quiet and let them roll right over. The only way they can hurt me is if I stand up and try to resist. As kids we used to love the old rhyme, “stick and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Or as the Psalmist said, "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46

Rather than getting all riled up, I would recommend meditating on Psalm 46 (notice the references to water). Hey, if God is with us, who can be against us?

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.
 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
   God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
   he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
 7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.
 8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”
 11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.                          
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7 comments

  • Comment Link Anonymous Saturday, 24 September 2011 06:39 posted by Anonymous

    Anonymous said...
    Dear Abba and Michaelle Lazerus,

    Toda rabah for such very wise words and for directing our eyes once again to our Heavenly Father, The G-d of Avraham, Yitzack and Jaacov. I was so "quietened" and "calmed" in my spirit when I read through your article about the raging waves and storm-tossed sea over all that our Almighty G-d is doing in shaking the earth once again and then Psalm 46 He alone is glorious and He alone is The G-d of The Jews, The Lion of Judah !!
    Blessings and warm wishes in Messiah Yeshua,
    Brian and Anne Nelson

  • Comment Link Anonymous Friday, 23 September 2011 01:06 posted by Anonymous

    Hi David and Michaella,
    You are proved right ....Thanks for your view on the situation .It brought balance and understanding and takes the fear out of it . We are praying for you all that His Kingdom will spread wide all over the region .Just got Raza Safa( Iranian TV evangelist ) on facebook saying I stand with Israel. Amen The Kingdom is topsy turvy He makes enemies friends and brings light and joy everywhere . Halleluja
    Shalom from Angela and Godfrey

  • Comment Link Anonymous Friday, 23 September 2011 01:05 posted by Anonymous

    Thank you David, so well said. I continue to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem knowing that He and He alone can and will safe Israel. Thank you for this very wise word, I am going to post this on my facebook for all to read, we need to be doing what were suppose to be doing, not chasing our tails as the enemy would have, wasting precious and valuable time.

  • Comment Link David Lazarus Monday, 19 September 2011 23:23 posted by David Lazarus

    Thanks Bill. I can see how my comments could be interpreted as an escape from social responsibility, but that is not my intention. I agree that we must "resist evil" and it is my opinion that Israel is doing a pretty good job of not compromising with the flood of accusations currentlyraining down on us.

    My point is that we should not waste our time arguing with fools. The Turkish rhetoric, the Egyptian threats and the UN fiasco are all just decoys. Israel needs to stay strong on the ground and all of this foolishness will pass away. Not sense answering a fool with wisdom.

    I understand the meaning of the pen stronger than the sword, and the Jewish people have lived this out more than many. But in this neighborhood one suicide bomber is more painful than a thousand UN resolutions.

  • Comment Link Bill Bjoraker Monday, 19 September 2011 22:10 posted by Bill Bjoraker

    David, Nice use of the sea/waves metaphor. And though I appreciate your good balancing word to over-hyped Doomsday messengers, I must dissent with you somewhat here.

    You say,
    "When the waves are biggest, I put my head down and dive under where it is calm and quiet and let them roll right over. The only way they can hurt me is if I stand up and try to resist."

    This sounds too much like a quiescent approach to society and culture. The church/Body of Messiah, historically, has always erred when she has separated, withdrew from from social-cultural engagement with the issues of the day. We are called to be the conscience to society, speak prophetically into the issues of the day, to "resist evil" (James). Words have probably more power than sticks and stones...and "the pen is mightier than the sword."

    I think of the call of the watchman in Ezekiel 33, standing on the walls and warning. So while I applaud your call to find peace in trusting in the LORD, I believe that from the place of peace in Him, we should act and speak out. Bill Bjoraker

  • Comment Link Anonymous Monday, 19 September 2011 14:19 posted by Anonymous

    Hi David

    Just want to respond to this particular blog, firstly, to say that amid all the activity that is taking place on Israel's behalf out here in Hutz L'Aretz it is so good to be brought back to the underlying spiritual reality that "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever" (Ps 45:6 / Heb 1:8). Yes, argument and protest will not change minds, but not making the alternative case abandons that territory without a challenge. So the vital component is how that case is made and in what spirit. Bless you for your encouragement!

  • Comment Link Anonymous Monday, 19 September 2011 14:17 posted by Anonymous

    Thank you so much for your voice of calm and reason! Here am I, in America, getting "worked up" beyond measure over the current developments (even though I know the eventual outcome)--and there you are: in the eye of the storm--calm, not tossed by the sea! How refreshing! Still, you are all included in my prayers daily. Shalom, Diana

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