About 200-300 people gathered at Terevete Park on Wednesday night to pray for “the situation in Israel against the sickening acts of Hamas”. SUPPLIED/23101902
Growing up in a Pacific Island Church in Papakura, I have semi-fond memories as a 10-year-old memorising Psalm 46 – the whole chapter for our annual “Irava Tatou”. I say semi-fond, for while I am immensely grateful now, as a passionate follower of Jesus, Psalm 46 is ingrained in my heart. However, that wasn’t the attitude I had when I was 10, no siree! Paul Kauri, lead pastor at The Arepua Gateway Assembly of God Church writes.
I didn’t know it then, but this was my first
introduction to God’s joy of, and commitment to Israel. Listen to what it says:
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of
God, the holy place where the Most High Dwells. God is within her and she will
not fall, God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall,
God speaks and the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us, The God of Jacob
is our fortress.” Psalm 46:4-7
In case you missed it, the City referred to here, is
Jerusalem. God dwells within her and she will not fall, and at break of dawn
The Almighty comes to her aid!
But God kept me on this journey revealing also His
love and faithfulness to the covenants He spoke thousands of years earlier. In
1989 when Iraq invaded Kuwait for their oil, it was America who came to her aid
to fight against Saddam Hussain’s armies. Knowing that he could not match
America’s might, Saddam’s ploy was to elicit the help of the surrounding Arab
nations by attacking Israel. America protected Israel so that she did not have
to fight Iraq, keeping this situation from becoming a Holy War (a Middle
During that war many people around the world rallied
together in prayer, similar to the 200-300 people gathered in Terevete Park on
Wednesday night to pray for this current situation in Israel against the
sickening acts of Hamas.
As I was praying for the situation in Kuwait, The Lord
spoke to me and said, “Paul, pray according to my covenant.” I was very
young in the Lord and did not know what He meant, I replied, “Lord, what
This is when I learnt of the Covenant God made with
Abraham in Gen 12:2-3 (I will bless those who bless you and curse those who
curse you and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through you). During
the Kuwait war, America was blessed, it did not end well for Iraq or Saddam, and
Israel was protected, “God is within her and she will not fall, God will
help her at break of day” God had not forgotten His covenant and He is
still faithful to it today!
My heart for Israel grew over the years as I partnered
with God in prayer for her.
A few years later, during a lunch break, as I was
reading Romans 11, my heart was stirred yet again, for God’s purpose that all
Israel will be saved, and we ought not to take our position and salvation for
granted. It was also at this point that my heart was stirred to see God calling
his people back to her from the far corners of the earth, what is known as
Watching what God was doing and His invitation for me
to co-labour with Him through prayer is difficult for me to put in words, but I
will say that it certainly was part of God’s process to making me, as He still
is to this day.
Over the years it is blindingly obvious that many are
opposed to Israel, and at times these ones cannot be reasoned with neither from
a historical, humanitarian or spiritual view. And certainly, the narrative in
the world today is filled with ignorance and pure evil, which fuels this
current situation in the Gaza strip and the deplorable actions of Hamas on
women and children irrespective of their nationality!
And over the years I have watched as this demonic
antisemitism has grown even in our shores of the Cook Islands. But God has
declared both to Israel and to all who would hear, “God is within her and
she will not fall, God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar,
kingdoms fall, God speaks and the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us,
The God of Jacob is our fortress.”
God has also declared in His covenant to Abraham, “I
will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you and all the
nations of the earth will be blessed through you”
This should also serve as a warning to all nations, if
you want to be blessed, then bless Israel, if you mean her harm – you’re in
deep yoghurt! History has revealed God’s faithfulness to this covenant. I am
thankful to God that there are many in the Cook Islands who ‘Stand with Israel’
and are not ashamed to seek God publicly in prayer on a matter that is dear to
God’s heart, even if our government remains silent on their position with
Today countless billions have encountered the greatest
blessing of all, the salvation which comes from the Jews namely through Christ.
Many have come to know their true identity in Him
regardless of race, gender, social status, or their past.
Many have been set free from the prisons of addictions
and the tortures of being trapped! Many can testify to the joy of being
released after being held captive to the torments of the inner battles, while
many more have come to know a Great Purpose in Christ, to such a degree that
they considered it an honour to literally lay down their lives for the One who
laid down His life for us!
And so, the blessing for all nations can be seen in
many ways when one pauses to give it some thought. But, from the many, who have
encountered Him, throughout the ages including those who were in the era of BC
(Before Christ). From those who have learnt to trust Him, and who have bowed
their knee to His Lordship, who have walked with Him through the highs and
lows, they would all point to Christ, being the Blessings above all other
He is only a prayer away for those searching for
freedom, hope, healing, purpose and life.