Can a Country Be Born in a Day?

Today we visited Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. It is the birthplace of modern Israel, entering into annals of history on May 14, 1948. Though in existence for thousands of years, the people of the Land had long been in captivity until that fateful day, when 350 courageous men and women gathered in a over-crowded art museum on a blistering hot spring afternoon to announce to the world that a new state had been born.

The prophet Isaiah records the words of the Lord: “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such a thing? Shall a country be born in a day? Shall a nation be brought forth in a moment?”

Those who had come to Tel Aviv in 1909 to transform seemingly endless piles of sand into an architectural wonder had endured tremendous trials in the nearly 40 years of civic life. There was the occupation of the Turks, the British Mandate, and of course, the full-court press of the Nazi regime to exterminate the entire Jewish race. Staggering under the weight of their oppressors, and facing an eminent attack from all sides once the British evacuated, declaring itself to be an independent state would certainly qualify under the category of audacious. And so Israel came to be.

In a day. In a moment.

The world was changed forever by the invisible hand of God.

What else can change in day? What else might happen in a moment? If a beleaguered band of soul survivors can outlast their oppressors, only to discover a new flag flying over their city…what can else can happen in 24 hours?

Maybe it is a marriage teetering on the brink of devastation that is restored.  Perhaps it is the last leg of the fight against anxiety and depression that is won with an unrelenting sense of hope and peace that has found it’s source through the presence of the Holy One. Or it could be that feeble, yet faith-filled prayer that comes in the early morning watch.

On May 14, 1948, a nation was born in a day, prophecy was fulfilled and the world was changed forever.

 What can God do in your life today?