“whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. ” John 4:14
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. ” 1 Peter 2:9
The One with infinite power in the universe. The One with infinite authority and infinite wisdom and infinite love and infinite goodness and infinite purity and infinite justice. That One touched their heart.
How does the circumference of Jupiter touch the edge of a molecule? Let alone penetrate to its nucleus?
The touch of God is awesome not just because it is God who touches, but also because it is a touch. It is a real connection. That it involves the heart is awesome. That it involves God is awesome. And that it involves an actual touch is awesome.
The valiant men were not just spoken to. They were not just swayed by a divine influence. They were not just seen and known. God, with infinite condescension, touched their heart. God was that close. And they were not consumed.
I love that touch. I want it more and more. For myself and for all of you. I pray that God would touch me anew with his glory and for this glory. I pray that he would touch us all.
Oh, for the touch of God! If it comes with fire, so be it. If it comes with water, so be it. If it comes with wind, let it come, O God. If it comes with thunder and lightning, let us bow before it.
O Lord, come. Come that close. Burn and soak and blow and crash. Or still and small, come. Come all the way. Touch our hearts.
So, let us consider present day! Putin decided to raid Ukraine, and here we are! US and the league of nations joined together against this ‘singular’ force. For a second, let us look at history in terms of neighbors: Russia borders 14 countries, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine. It shares maritime borders with Japan, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.
In examining current events: Belarus was/is a source of Russian troops invading Ukraine! We can run down the list; but rather than do that let us take a short walk down a similar path: In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan and Armenian republics).
Just what ‘became’ of the USSR?
Yes, Russia is blessed (blessed is use of the actual term – God placed amazing resources in the land! Think on this Ukraine is the world ‘farmland’ shipping wheat andagricultural products throughout the world – Ukraine punches far above its weight as a food exporter, contributing 42% of the sunflower oil traded on the global market, 16% of the maize and 9% of the wheat. Some countries depend heavily on it. Lebanon imports 80% of its wheat from Ukraine and India 76% of its sunflower oil.:
Metals and Minerals in Russia
Oligarchs and Resource Development in Russia
Metal Theft in Russia
Gold in Russia
Platinum and Silver in Russia
Nickel and Norlisk Nikel
Titanium, Manganese and Potash in Russia
Uranium and Rare Earths in Russia
Cobalt, Molybdenum and Tungsten in Russia
Zinc, Lead and Copper in Russia
Aluminum in Russia
It gets much deeper!