1. "Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died." V. 4,5
2. "Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisioned in iron chains of misery. They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High." V. 10,11
3. "Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door." V. 17,18
4. "Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. … Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end." V. 23, 26-27
Each group had but one response to their trouble: "Lord, help!" V. 6, 13, 19, 28
And God rescued them.
In this world we will have trouble, but God’s mercy and grace are unfathomable.
"Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord." V43