Calm During Chaos

Katharine WeissAs a wife and mother, I am instinctively concerned about the welfare of my family. It is a God-given anointing to nurture and “patchka”  (Yiddish, meaning to fiddle with, to lovingly pester) with Myles and our sons.

We need to find our “rest” in the Lord

On our last visit to Israel, the strong peace of the Lord we felt on our tour and during our TV shoot highlighted that anointing. I was able to rest in the Lord, even while caring for my family, some near and some far. Though we were never at risk, very dramatic anti-Semitic, anti-Israel violence erupted around the country. The potential threat made me acutely aware of our need to find our “rest” in the Lord,  calm during chaos, especially during times of stress. Of course, when the winds of war blow, the need grows even more profound.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. (Psalm 37:7)

An apocryphal tale notes that when a hen is threatened by fire, she will gather her chicks under her wings to protect them. The mama bird will actually sacrifice her life  for the sake of her young ones. No wonder Yeshua used that example when speaking to Israel! He HAS laid down His life for us, the younger brethren who follow in His steps. He is the “firstborn” among many.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29)

No wonder mothers have that feeling of protection. The Lord Himself is the model of care, and He calls us to be found in His image. Our shallow world-at-large would like us to be caught up in anxiety, expectations, and performance issues. It is our job to receive and hear His words and receive the mandate to abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I love the information Myles teaches from Paul’s letter when we are in Ephesus. Myles recounts from the verses of Ephesians 2 that we are seated with Messiah in heavenly places. When you and I understand that our salvation identity is secure in Yeshua, we can rest in the Lord and walk in love no matter what comes our way. Then we can exercise our victory over the enemy in spiritual warfare.

In the days ahead, Believers will need to adhere to these verses to the Ephesians and rest as we stand in the gap (pray) for our family in Israel and our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

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