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Have you ever faced a difficult day due to physical sickness?  Maybe you have had not a day but week's or months of physical struggle.  It is interesting how, very often, physical crises do not result in a broken spirit or a defeated heart.  In fact, just the opposite can occur.  People are encouraged to fight on with the help of their family and friends.  They are able, in the face of terrible odds to demonstrate great courage and resolve to defeat whatever physical foe they are fighting. 

We have been told by some in our past and our culture that emotional hurt or spiritual anguish should be ignored or that it is not significant enough to attempt to discern what is the root of that brokenness or the heartache in which we live.  Yet very often these emotional storms find us unable to rise from our beds.  They negatively affect our relationships, work life and our outlook on life.  Today's reading in Proverbs (18:14) states, "The spirit of a man can endure sickness, but as for a broken spirit who can bear it?" 

David cries out in today's psalm (3:1), "Oh Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me!...". It is curious that when David most intensely cries out to the Lord, it is not for a broken bone or a physical ailment.  His most passionate pleading comes as a result of family conflict, friends who turn in him or adversaries that plot against him.  His heartbreak can be heard and his anguish can be felt.  David's spirit could endure sickness but he could not bear a broken heart.  David was just like us. 

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(2 Kings 22:3-23:30) When reading this text one cannot help but be astounded by two things: the character of this young king and the long suffering of God.  What an encouragement to read of the life of this young king! He was 8 when he took the throne and 26 when he cleansed the land of idols.  His youth should encourage readers not to look with judgment or contempt on any younger generations.  The Lord has a way of raising up men and women whose hearts belong to Him...even if they lack clear teaching from His did Josiah. 

The other astounding aspect of this text is the patience and mercy of God. The land was filled with idols and idolatrous worship. Judah was involved with worshipping Baal, Milcom, Chemosh, the sun, moon and the host of heaven.  They had also brought into the Temple houses of male cult prostitutes, horses given to the sun stood at the entrance to the Temple, and altars made by Manasseh were in the two courts of the house of the Lord.  These were not quser times of worship secretly done in the privacy of ones home but very public institutions managed by a syndicate of priests!  How patient and long suffering is God?!

He is also long-suffering with you.  He knows your heart - whatever your age. He understands the difficulty of life on this planet. And He wants the best for you which means He wants you to rid your life of idols and follow after Him without 'turning to the right or to the left.' Let Him share your burden and be for you a refuge and shelter, 'a very present help in (your) time of trouble'!

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