The world is crumbling before our eyes. There comes a point where it all just falls apart which is why we must learn to lean on God who is the unshakable, unmovable rock and source of life and continual restoration. If we are not going in his direction and try and do things our own way it will only continue to spiral out of control. God is always warning HIS people to not to go down to Egypt! He tells us to not rely on Egypt for it's worthless help and hollow sufficiency!
Antidepressants are being prescribed at an all time high, fatherless homes, fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for young to middle aged adults. We have come to a point where it just simply will not get better and correct itself! The only hope is in turning to The Father and abiding in him and being found in him.
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4 The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
5 The earth lies defiled
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
7 The wine mourns,
the vine languishes,
all the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
9 No more do they drink wine with singing;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The wasted city is broken down;
every house is shut up so that none can enter.
11 There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
all joy has grown dark;
the gladness of the earth is banished.
12 Desolation is left in the city;
the gates are battered into ruins.
13 For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth
among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.
The hedge has been broken and the enemy continues to flood in and devour souls! The gates have been battered into ruins! He is the only refuge in the evil day!