LEARN FROM ADVERSITY
“Why cries thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee” – JEREMIAH 30:15
People naturally seek to avoid taking responsibility for their conduct. They would blame everyone, but fail to admit that they are paying the price for their error of omission or commission. As a result, they miss the vital lesson that God intends to condition their lives for the better.
The people of Judah behaved in a typical manner. They had come under God’s judgment for their sins. After ignoring His warning, they came under severe affliction, cruel wounds and bitter chastisement. Help was not forthcoming as they were quickly abandoned by their sinful allies. They began to cry out for respite, but not to God. He had to inform them that He was behind their problems and warned them that their sorrow was incurable, unless they turned again to the God of Israel.
Unknown to the people, God had provided a solution to their problems. Once they repented, He would fight and conquer their adversaries, heal their sicknesses and allow the rebuilding of their land. He would increase their population, give them a leader from among themselves; they would become His people again and He would be their God. But this must be preceded by genuine repentance.
Whenever a situation you cannot explain befalls you, search to be sure there is no hidden scandal trailing you. Where you discover something to repent of, do not hesitate to do so. Repentance will help you to develop the right attitude to the adversities of life, to see them as opportunities to grow your faith and relationship with God. Rather than complain or pass the buck, you should seek how to profit from adversity.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Wisdom is not repeating last mistakes, but learning from them.
Daily Manna Extract – 2020