Turning Up the Heat? By Eitan Shishkoff 3rd October 2020
Is it hot where you are? It’s unseasonably hot here in Israel as I write. Is this a meteorological message from the Lord that He’s “turning up the heat?”
I find myself drawing that conclusion. The Corona pandemic wears on and, at least here in Israel, we wear our masks to comply with health precautions. Enormous acreage is being devastated by horrendous fires in my former home state of California. And the protests against police brutality and racism continue to turn violent, leaving more dead lives lying in the streets of American cities.
None of the above even touches the hot tensions that continue here in Israel with Hamas-inspired fire balloons sent to ignite dry Israeli fields. There is widespread frustration with our “coalition government” that keeps the news cycle going with unending crises threatening the dissolution of our parliament (the Knesset) and what would be a fourth election in only 18 months.
I have to stop or I’ll fill the page with dreary references to the state of the world. All of these realities and more lead me to ask “Lord, what are you doing? What are you saying? Where do I fit into all of this?”
Like Elijah in the Cave (1 Kings 19:9-18)
I believe that in the midst of all of this, the voice of God is calling to each of us. Can we hear it?
Elijah took refuge in a cave from the bad news of his world. The incredible victory on Mt. Carmel was followed by threats against his life and exhaustion—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I can easily parallel our situation with his.
Then, God caused a violent wind, an earthquake, and fire—but He was not “in them.” They were an overt means of capturing Elijah’s attention. Isn’t that what’s happening to us now? There are violent winds tearing at society’s foundations, earthquakes endangering world-wide health, and fires d