Ezekiel 47:12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves FOR HEALING.
Last week, my husband and I watched a documentary on BBC television about human trafficking…and child labour. The focus was on the cocoa plantations in West African countries. A boy from Burkina Faso was sold off by his uncle ended up in Ghana. Some undercover journalist brought him out of captivity and helped re-unite him with his mother. During the week, I also watched a movie based on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda…where nearly 1 millions lives were lost. Yet again, my heart was reminded how wicked the heart of man is. At the end of the week, I saw another documentary about the drug cartels in South America and how children and young people are abducted and are forced to join the rebel army against their wish. Their families are heartbroken and most have no ransom money to pay for their release.
Where is justice? Where is THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS?
The world is HURTING. The world is LOST. The world has NO ANSWERS. Even with the good and well-meaning world institutions to help protect the welfare of the child; today…at this precise moment, somewhere in the world, a child is being;
– trafficked as a slave,
– forced into prostitution
– forced to abandon school
– forced to go without meals for days
– separated from family and home environment
Families are being separated and alienated from each other. There is a woman who cannot attain her full potential because of her cultural or religious limitations etc. And the more I see and observe this, I remember:
Romans 8:20-22 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know the the WHOLE CREATION HAS BEEN GROANING as in the pains of childbirth right up to the PRESENT TIME.
The nations are longing for healing. Nations are looking for salvation. As the church longs and hopes for His soon return…let us asking and look up for the HEALING OF NATIONS. Jesus is the tree of life which bears fruit for food…and the leaves for medicine.
Today, I pray for those who have not yet tasted of the fruit from the tree of life. I pray for those who are looking for the great physician. Jesus is food for your soul. Jesus is medicine for your wounds. He is longing to save you. He is looking to heal you. He is longing to make nations…great or small whole again!
Come to the THE RIVER OF LIFE!
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the HEALING OF THE NATIONS.