Morning Thought: Ever since its inception the existence of Israel has been continually threatened. Many have wanted to wipe it off the face of the earth. But the Creator of the Universe, the Master, was not ashamed to call himself “the Holy One of Israel.” He pledged himself to that nation with all of its sins and shortcomings. In every situation God delivered them from death because he loves them. His dealings with Israel are a message to the world: God does not choose the mighty but the weak; God does not choose the esteemed but the despised. God favours the lowly to confound the wise. No matter what happens in this current crisis, the Lord will have his last say, even if every nation on earth turns against Israel. “Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” (Isa. 37:31-32).