14 (A)For God may speak in one way, or in another,
Yet man does not perceive it.
15 (B)In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
16 (C)Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
17 In order to turn man from his deed,
And conceal pride from man,
18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from [a]perishing by the sword.
19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his (D)bed,
And with strong pain in many of his bones,
20 (E)So that his life abhors (F)bread,
And his soul [b]succulent food.
21 His flesh wastes away from sight,
And his bones stick out which once were not seen.
22 Yes, his soul draws near the Pit,
And his life to the executioners.
23 “If there is a messenger for him,
A mediator, one among a thousand,
To show man His uprightness,
24 Then He is gracious to him, and says,
‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit;
I have found [c]a ransom’;
25 His flesh shall be young like a child’s,
He shall return to the days of his youth.
26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,
He shall see His face with joy,
For He restores to man His righteousness.
27 Then he looks at men and (G)says,
‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right,
And it (H)did not profit me.’
28 He will (I)redeem [d]his soul from going down to the Pit,
And his life shall see the light.
29 “Behold, God works all these things,
Twice, in fact, three times with a man,
30 (J)To bring back his soul from the Pit,
That he may be enlightened with the light of life….
God is holy and love.
The suffering we see today is solely the result of our, Satan’s, Adam and Eve’s and our ancestors’ selfish disobedience to God.
God said do not have any gods/ idols before Him. Why? Because then we push Him away and expect money to save us, other humans to save us, locks and safes to save us, our own jobs to save us, weapons to save us, doctors and presidents and authorities to save us, medicines and treatments to save us, stuff and materials to save us…basically we are putting our entire lives in the hands of things that don’t last forever/ perishable, and are capable of breaking and failing.
God ALONE, stays the same, can ALWAYS save and NEVER fails.
If you’re afraid today of the the way the world is crumbling from the abusive effects of our own sins, get down on your knees( do not be ashamed at all,) reach out, God is the answer.
Us as humans are so ridiculous and worried about looking silly or being weird, that’s exactly why God allows us to experience some trials, ( trials meant to help break our pride and our idiotic desire to ‘look tight’, to others,) so that our heart will soften and actually be in a genuine place to reach out to Him so that we may approach His holy throne( dark cant approach light, it only makes a shadow,) so He can help. He can help by giving us wisdom, truth, and thus reassurance and peace, joy and hope. God wants to help us, He is loving and merciful.
God is the answer for this broken world.
And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God.