I awoke hearing the words,
“Peace on Earth, good will to men.”
It came like a Heavenly declaration from the Creator of the Earth and of men. With it I could feel the longing in the very heart of God for men to experience all that He creates them to enjoy: peace, goodness, joy, adoration, and a love that brings all things together in beautiful unity.
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:14
The longing within this declaration took my breath away and caused my heart to race with a fresh revelation of His love for all that He has created. I could hear His cry that passionately groaned,
“Oh, that none may perish but all would know the depth, height, and width of my love for the ones that I died for.”
This was like the words from 2 Peter 3:9,
“The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
The mercy of God is stirred once again to intervene on behalf of those who have no ears to hear or eyes to see. Like Joshua the high priest in Zechariah 3, who was a “brand plucked from the fire” or Paul on the road to Damascus, who was apprehended by grace, I feel the mercy of God reaching down to capture the ones that have been held captive by sin and death. Oh, that none should perish!
The Father’s longing is not about right or wrong, it is not religious or political...it is the longing of a loving father who wants His children to experience all the love and beauty that they were created for. Just as the prodigal son’s father waited patiently for his return, the Heavenly Father waits with bated breath to embrace and restore those who have left his home and arms.
Today, receive the longing and love that is pouring forth from the very heart of God. As you do, enter into His longing for those who are still in captivity. Call them home. Weep with Him for the ones that He weeps for. Call for mercy to be the road home during this season.
We pray from the words of the Christmas song “Away in a Manger”,
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering