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Vol.  9  No. 10 October 2007  Page 6
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Wisdom's Corner (Youth Page) By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorter

Have I Wearied Thee?

    In Micah 6:3, we read, “O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.”

    The Israelites had become very wicked. They were worshipping false gods. God sent Micah to them to tell them of impending destruction. God had been patient with them, but they refused to repent and follow him.

    In Micah 6, we see a courtroom scene. God asks the Israelites to testify against him. He wanted them to tell exactly what he had done that was terrible. He wanted to know what he had done to them to cause them to turn to false gods. He had brought them out of Egypt and blessed them tremendously. He had given them everything.

    Yet, what had the false gods given them? They were nothing but idols made out of wood and stone. God had shown false gods to be powerless by the plagues in Egypt.

    God wants to know if his laws are really that harsh and difficult. Some of the worship of false gods included killing children. It is hard to understand why someone would kill his children for a false god but not want to worship a loving God.

    Are you wearied by following God? You should not be. God’s commands are not grievous. They are for our good. Study your Bible. Obey what it says. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Roar Like Bears

    Have you ever heard a bear roar? Have you ever heard a bear growl? A bear’s growl is a very low rumbling sound. A bear’s roar is a very loud and scary sound. Bears do these things when they are unhappy about something.

    In Isaiah 59:11, we read, “We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.”

    The earlier verses of this chapter talk about the terrible sins that the Israelite nation commits. Because most of the people have forgotten God, the morals and ethics of the nation have become terrible. Many do everything they can to afflict and torment others. There is no justice by those in leadership positions. It is almost impossible for anyone to have peace.

    Because of the situation, the people were unhappy with their lives. They are pictured as growling and roaring as an unhappy bear. They are not just privately mumbling about how bad things are. They are loudly complaining. They say there is no fairness or salvation. They are looking for such but cannot find it.

    The people were mistaken to believe that proper justice and salvation can come to a society without looking to God for guidance. The Israelites had a covenant with God. He promised to care for them if they would obey him, but they had forgotten and left God out of their lives. The only way they were going to find the things they roared about was to repent and turn back to God.

    Study your Bible. Learn what is necessary to obey God. Help teach others about God and his Word. Doing this will help any nation have justice and proper judgment. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

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