As I prayed I heard the Lord speak these words,
“Like a father protects his children or a man protects the bride of his youth, so I watch over my children and bride with a fierce and jealous love. You are the apple of my eye!”
I could hear the cries of many sons and daughters who have faced battles sent against them. The Lord’s voice heralds louder than the sound of the battle and He has come to protect and restore the ones His heart loves.
“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.” Psalm 17:8-9
Though the enemy has surrounded many, it is God who sets a table for us in the presence of our enemies. Though the thief has stolen, it is God who will restore double, and although the accuser has taunted many with his mockeries, it is God who will rebuke him.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:5-6
Whoever touches you touches the “Apple of His Eye”. God Will not be mocked and will not allow His beloved to be touched without vindicating her. He is watching over the great transformational work that is occuring in His people just as He watched over and orchestrated the work done in the life of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3). He presides with detailed and tender care over your life. Those who have risen up against you will not be left without punishment.
For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—”
Though this verse is specifically about Jerusalem, many Scriptures have dual meanings; it is for Jerusalem and for His chosen people (Gentile and Jews).
Today, thank Him for His care, His protection and the banqueting table that He has prepared for you. Vindication belongs to the Lord, so know that as you hide in the shelter of His wing, you can rest assured knowing that your life is in the hands of the King. He will rule over you with justice and mercy.
Also, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, whom God loves!
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