Checking in with Israel and Damascus, and a couple of items of interest on the home front, and a splash of Spurgeon for good measure

 Israel

A different Israel after January 22

If reelected, PM likely to meet Obama in March

Former FM Livni set to unveil plan for peace

Britain and France ‘spearheading new Middle East peace plan’

EU reportedly to offer new Middle East peace plan

Damascus

45 killed in Syrian military attacks near Damascus

Syrian Warplanes Bomb Rebellious Damascus Suburb

A daily focus on the “bad news” requires an equal balancing focus on the “Good News” of  God’s Word.  Though I don’t always necessarily strive to acheive that balance in what I post on the blog, I do work to keep that balance in my life.  So I hope that you understand on days when there are fewer news posts.  I take those breaks when I need them.

Jean-Louis sent me the devotional below.  And it is very wise counsel for all believers as we live with awareness of the troubling times we are in, so that we do not fall into despair and discouragement.  If you find yourself feeling that way, I remind you once again, to pull away and put these things out of your mind for a bit.  Remember what is good.  Think on those things and get your peace back.   Just as many voices are proclaiming “never let them take your guns”, as Christians we must equally guard against Satan taking our peace.

C.H. Spurgeon’s Morning Devotional
Tuesday January 15, 2013
“Do as thou hast said.”-2 Samuel 7:25          God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; He intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, “Lord, do as Thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead His promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you dream that He will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine He will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, “This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?” but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, “Lord, here is the promise, ‘Do as Thou hast said.'” Our Lord replies, “Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” When a Christian grasps a promise, if he do not take it to God, he dishonours Him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, “Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, ‘Thou hast said it;'” then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash His own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding Him of His promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep His promises; therefore go at once to the throne with “Do as Thou hast said.”