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Job 19:8 ” He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has shrouded my paths in darkness.”

It’s part of life here on earth…trials, illness, and loss are inevitable.  Jeremiah 8:15 sums it up very well how  we can feel at these times, ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”  In these fearful, confusing times we long for the light at the end of the tunnel…but all we see is darkness.  “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass…”  In this verse, the Hebrew word for blocked is gadar – which means to build or heap up stones to make a wall.  We sometimes do feel walled in or blocked off… but know God may be also protecting you from unseen evil you know nothing about.  In those dark times, we need to put all our trust in the Lord and wait for the storm to pass.

Jeremiah 31:34 ” No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord.”

Isaiah gives a vivid picture of this knowledge of the Lord in Chapter 11, verse 9 when he says,  “For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”  All mankind has the opportunity to experience the Lord in a personal way…to have intimate fellowship with the Creator of the universe.  For you can be “told” about God all your life, but it’s not until you fully grasp what Jesus did for you on that Cross…dying so you may live…that you can really “know” Him.     “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

Isaiah 1:5-6 ” …Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart affected. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness – only wounds and welts and open sores…”

Why do you persist in rebellion?  Great question, right?  We stubbornly continue down paths of disobedience and willful defiance against God…knowing full well, it’s only hurting ourselves.  And if we think about it…most of the injuries we receive are self-inflicted because of the foolish choices we make.  Jeremiah 30:17 says, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord.”  Disobedience causes unsoundness within us.  But God wants to come and restore us back to health…returning us to wholeness and peace.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

In this world of immediate gratification… where there seems to be no control or limits placed on decency or morality anymore…should we be surprised when young people aimlessly wander through life without goals, plans, and purpose?  Their whole life has been centered around the next selfie…the next Social Media post…the next momentary pleasure.  For when you ask them what they want to be doing in five years and how they’re going about achieving that right now…they give you a blank stare.  Without direction, we flounder.  Without limits, we lose inhibitions.  Without a plan and purpose, our life is truly meaningless and empty.  God has a plan and purpose for everyone…a wonderful life full of joy, self-discovery, and most of all peace.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 ” But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

It’s easy to trust the Lord when everything is going great in our lives.  When we’re happy and healthy and all around us is peaceful…it’s almost effortless to put our faith in God.  But it’s what happens when the unexpected and  the unanticipated crash into our lives that really shows how rooted and grounded we are in Him.  Droughts are long dry spells when rain doesn’t fall…the plants wither and the ground cracks.  There are times when all of us can go through “spiritual” dry spells.  Times when our soul seems parched, our body is withering, and our mind cracking under the stress… and we feel God is so far away.  But if we’re firmly rooted in the streams of living water, regardless of the trial, we can still flourish and grow.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

The Prophet Jeremiah’s message was primarily one of judgement upon Judah for their shameful and persistent sins.  They seemingly lacked the desire or even control to stop straying from God’s law.  The world today still wanders from God…aimlessly roaming, running after whatever has their attention…following a harmful path that can only lead to death and destruction.

Romans 12:19 ” Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.

The Apostle Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 32:35 urging others not to seek justice themselves out of anger or spite.  For Proverbs 20:22 tells us, “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you.”   But when we’re angry and frustrated, and think no one has our back…we tend to react badly.  It’s at that point that we need to take a deep breath and remember that the Lord tells us that He will defend us. (Jeremiah 51:36)