God's Word in a Middle East Crisis

    We all love a fairy tale--the "once upon a time" and "they lived happily ever after" stories that we heard and read as kids and have watched with our own kids on VCRs and TV--tales of intrigue, delight, and happy endings.

    THIS is no fairy tale.  It's for real, and right now, it does not appear to have any happy ending in sight ... or is there?  Let's dig a little deeper.

    Our story begins with father Abraham--but he wasn't a father when our story began, and that was the problem. You see, God had promised him heirs as numerous as the stars in the sky, and Abraham kept waiting for the heirs to appear and for God's promise to be fulfilled. No heirs showed up! One night, he decided to help God a bit, and 9 months later, Ishmael, the son of Abraham and his maid, Hagaar, appeared on the scene--only to be met later by Isaac, the long-awaited son of promise.

    Like all little boys--and if you have any, you would understand--they probably had their fights and feuds, and one day it reached a boiling point. Abraham, in frustration, sent Hagaar and Ishmael away because he needed peace in his household.

    And Ishmael needed WATER. You know the story:  In the desert, a panic-stricken mother prays, and God sends a miracle--water springing up to spare the life of little Ishmael. God loved them both:  Isaac, son of heavenly promise, and Ishmael, son of human plan.

    But they didn't love each other, and that was the problem. That IS the problem. Today, the descendants of Ishmael and Isaac are still having their fights and feuds, and boiling points still arise in the strained relationship. The world watches Ishmael and Isaac, and so does the One who holds the world in His hand. He's got a final ending to it all--a happy ending for those who love and serve Him. That's where you and I come in!

    You see, the same God who's watching over Isaac and Ishmael as they go their separate, willful, angry ways is watching over you and me, too! He longs for a world of peace and unity. He weeps over a torn, fractured world of war and strife. And He loves us all. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life." It's a promise for Isaac, for Ishmael, for you--and for me!

    There are life, hope, forgiveness, love, unity, and peace in the home of the Father. Are you wandering, fighting, feuding, or wanting your own way? There's no peace--and no happy ending--until and unless you come home to the God who loves and cares for you. He's waiting for the sons and daughters of Isaac and Ishmael--and for you and me--to come HOME where we belong, where we can live "happily ever after." Thank God that, by His grace, I've found my place at home--HIS home. And that's the only place I want to be. How about you!

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