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Shalom SearchLighters!

Like you, I too have a deep love for the nation of Israel.

And like you and the Apostle Paul, I too pray for the Salvation of that Nation (Romans 10:1).

In light of this, I want to share with you a recent interview that TBN television network did with my son Benjamin right there in the City of Jerusalem.

The interview is about 15 minutes long, done in a spectacularly beautiful setting overlooking that Holy City.

In the interview, the host Samuel Smadja brings up Ben’s just-released book entitled “Optimisfits.”

May I suggest your picking up a copy of this most hopeful and helpful handbook that’s focused on walking with Jesus in joyous victory day by day.

You can order a copy of Optimisfits on the link below.

Order Optomisfits From Amazon.com Here

And in so doing, you will be assisting its nation-wide launch that will ensure an even broader release in bookstores across the country.

(By the way, all royalties/profits go directly back into Hope Generation’s outreaches.)

Please pray for the book to be used mightily.

And let us “pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” faithfully.

I’m praying for you with joy and thanksgiving continually!

Yeshua is Meshiach,

Jon


Daily Devotional
March 19
 
And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
Genesis 23:2
 
Even though he was a giant of a man, the friend of God, the father of faith, we see Abraham was also a man who mourned and wept. This being the first mention of weeping or tears in the Bible, God waits until chapter 23 to introduce this concept. It’s curious to me that there is no record of tears at the fall of man, when the flood came, or when the people were scattered at Babel. The Holy Spirit purposefully waits to record weeping until the time a giant of a spiritual man was separated from a godly woman.

“Put Thou my tears into Thy bottle,” David wrote. “Are they not in Thy book?” (Psalm 56:8). Evidently, God keeps scrapbooks in Heaven. Malachi 3:16 tells us every time one of His children talks to another person about Him, God hearkens to it and writes it in a book. And here, we see Him keeping another book - a book of our tears.

Concerning hard times, God doesn’t say, “Deal with it.” He says, “I understand what you’re going through. It’s precious to Me.”

In Jesus’ day, women wore tear bottles - little vials which fit against their cheek and caught their tears. A very precious possession, a woman would give this bottle of tears to the one she loved most. It could be this practice to which the account of the woman washing Jesus’ feet with her tears refers (Luke 7:38).

Tears are unique. Under a microscope, you’ll see the saline crystals in a tear are shaped in the form of a cross. It’s as if the Lord is saying, “I understand. I know. I wept too” (see John 11:35).
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.  If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store