It would be impossible to show you and tell you everything that I saw in the twelve days we were in Israel, but I’m asking the Lord for wisdom to share some of the nuggets that He gave me while we were there. In truth, I’m still sifting through all the information that we received from our guide, Aire. Here is his picture, taken on our first day when we were in Jaffa (Joppa).
Aire is more than a guide in the land of Israel; he is a faithful ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ. As a Jewish believer, he has studied the Word of God all his life. He knows the Truths of Christ being the Messiah and has a living relationship with Him.
One thing that I loved about his teaching was his way of bringing simple truths into what he was showing us. Later on the first day of touring, we visited Mt. Carmel where Elijah offered his sacrifice to God. It was also here on this mountain that Elijah watched for the cloud that would bring the rain that God had been withholding from King Ahab and his people. Due to the lack of rain, there was a famine in the land. Imagine the dryness, the dust, the sparse crops, the parched lips. Then God told Elijah he would send rain. Elijah goes to the top of the Mountain looking for the first cloud to appear. We read in I Kings 18:42-45
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.
I doubt that anyone who got caught out in that particular rainstorm minded it a bit. It had to be refreshing to them to finally have water pouring down from heaven. It brought relief from the famine and dryness.
Aire reminded us that Jesus Christ is the Living Water and He always brings relief. John 4:10 What is the famine you’re experiencing right now? Is it a health issue? Is it an unfulfilled longing of your heart? Is it loneliness? Climb to the mount and look for Christ to bring relief your way. Jeremiah 29;13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. The Living Water takes the Living Word to comfort, refresh and nourish us in our dryness. Look upwards for the little cloud followed by a “great rain.”
Looking up at Christ, rather than down at your circumstances will always point you in the right direction!