Does it seem to you like God does not hear you?  Are you going through troubled times?  Have illness, and financial loss started troubling you?  I am sorry to hear that.  Do you question “Why?” or “Why me?” or “Why now?”  Me too.  Yet, we must trust the LORD to always be there with us, and to carry us through.

The northern and southern kingdoms of Jacob were going to go through something which they had brought on them because of their rebellion against the LORD, against His land, and His Sabbaths.  It was to be for their cleansing, for the glory of God who has made all things.  They were going to lose everything, go into captivity.  Hear the words of the prophet…

“But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Therefore fear thou not, O My servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”  Jeremiah 30:9-11 (KJB)

This “David the king” is a prophetic term for the Messiah.  We know that He came to Jerusalem some 500 years plus later.  He is known as Jesus the Christ, Son of God.  He has yet to be received as their King, so part of this is yet to be fulfilled.

There is a good reason for trials, troubles, and pain and suffering.  Many times it is brought about by our own foolish endeavors, our hearts for the material things which causes us to stretch our budgets beyond our means.  Some of the things we eat and drink causes our sicknesses and acts we do causes diseases.  We cannot rightly blame God or anyone else for these things.  Sin and rebellion against God will bring them to our doors.

Look at the promise to the people of Jacob.  These are given as an example for us as Christians.  The apostle Paul has written by the inspiration of the Spirit of God…

“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11

The LORD promised Jacob’s descendants that He would “…a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee…”, and would not make a full end of them (destroy), but that He would not leave them completely unpunished.  They would be chastised for their sin and rebellion.

So, what can we as Christians learn from Judah and Israel?  God loves us; and He loves us too much to leave us in our sins.  Therefor we can expect God to lead us through our trials, troubles, and our temptations.  I do not know who originally said this but it is a good thought:  “God tests us to strengthen our faith.  The Devil tempts us to destroy us.  We might keep Peter’s words in mind, “The devil, like a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour”  (1 Peter 5:8).

In this world there is no hope except through the cross of Jesus the Christ.

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