August 14 – Ask the Lord to Bless

The barren and desolate land of Jerusalem was about to be revived!  Judah and Israel had a bad reputation from the neighboring countries. But God was about to change that around by giving His people what they would need to succeed as they valued justice and mercy.  This was good news.  And good news has a way of traveling.  “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: People from nations and cities around the world will travel to Jerusalem. The people of one city will say to the people of another, ‘Come with us to Jerusalem to ask the Lord to bless us. Let’s worship the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I’m determined to go.’  Many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and to ask for his blessing.”

People today are still blessed by a visit to Jerusalem.  Back in 1985 as an atheistic existentialist in the Marine Corps, Russell walked the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.  And as he walked this road of Jesus’ suffering, he began to think about the man Jesus.  This reflection led to questions, reading, searching, and more questions.  About a year later in the Pacific Northwest, Russell became a follower of Jesus.  Although Russell has not spent much of his life in Washington, I think it’s interesting that both his physical birth and his spiritual birth both took place in that state.

Jesus changed Russell’s life.  Knowing Jesus revolutionizes everything.  He is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  He is the Prince of Peace.  He is worthy of our praise.  Wherever we are, let us worship the Lord and search out His good blessings in our lives. Maybe even write them down, if that helps us. May the good news of His blessings continue to travel around the world to people of every nation.  Russell is one of my favorite good news teachers and I love learning about the teachings of Jesus from him.

Zechariah 8:20-22 NLT