For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them
Today's Morsel: Each morning, as I open the newspaper to read, I see many folks who are in lots of trouble. Murder, drugs, drinking and driving, abuse, child negelect, so much pain and suffering and that it would be the same as the time of Jacob's trouble. What was Jacob's trouble? Jacob's trouble was a time of suffering and captivity. It was a time that the children were taken from their homeland and made slaves. It was 70 years of bondage. Many wondered why God would allow His chosen to face such suffering, and allow them to go into captivity. The answer lies in the fact that they were rebellious and did not obey God's commands. Even though God allowed them to go into captivity, it was an example to us, that we might learn from their mistake and not end up in captivity. As Paul said, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Romans 1:20-32). When you know God, and yet you refuse or fail to glorify Him as God, you may want to get ready for captivity. Captivity has a way of teaching us. Right now, you may feel as though you are in captivity and the weight is upon your shoulders. Your troubles may not have been caused by you but by others. But as God's children, He won't forget you. So stay faithful and He will deliver you.
Sing: I know the Lord will make a way for me. I know the Lord will make away for me. If I live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right. I know that Lord will make a way for me.