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Vol.  10  No. 10 October 2008  Page 13
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Wisdom's Corner (Youth Page) By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorter

Contend with Horses?

In Jeremiah 12:5, we read, “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

Jeremiah knew the destruction of Judah was coming. He tried many different ways, through the prophecies from God, to warn the people. However, the people refused to listen to him and God. Jeremiah, in this verse, says that the people have been wearied fighting those who were on foot. If that had wearied them, what did they think they would do against an enemy with a cavalry?

If they were having a hard time living while in peace, what did they think they would do in hard times? If they could not find peace within themselves during good times, how did they think they would do in tough times?

Many reading Wisdom’s Corner live in advanced nations. They have plenty to eat, nice homes in which to live, many modern conveniences to help in daily life and money with which to buy things. Many individuals in those nations are unhappy. They are not content even though they have all these things. They gripe about being weary of daily life. What do they think will happen when they do not have these things? If they do not like life now, what will they do when life gets much harder?

Study your Bible. Learn how God wants you to live. Learn to be happy and to count your blessings, and if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

The Stork Knows

Have you ever read about how birds migrate? Many birds do not live in the same place for the whole year. They will live in one place for part of the year and then fly a long distance to live in another place for the rest of the year. The birds instinctively know when it is time to fly to the other place.

God said that the Israelites were not even as smart as migrating birds. In Jeremiah 8:7, we read, “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.”

The Israelites were supposed to know God’s laws. They were supposed to follow God’s laws. God had given them commandments to follow. He had told them on several occasions that if they followed and obeyed Him that they would be blessed. He told them that if they did not obey Him that He would bring curses upon them.

The people of Judah had seen the curses come upon the Northern Kingdom. They had experienced some of the curses upon them. However, instead of knowing that it was time to repent and come back to God, they continued in their sins. They were not even as smart as a stork or a swallow. When the bird realized that the weather was changing, it knew it was time to fly away. The Israelites should have been spiritually flying away from sin, but they refused.

Study your Bible. Know what is necessary to follow God. Help others to know what to do. Help others to be like the stork. Fly away from sin, and if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

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