#2155 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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2 Kings 24:14 Then he led into exile all the people of Jerusalem and all the commanders and all the valiant warriors, ten thousand exiles, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None were left except the poorest people of the land.
My first pastorate was in a small town in the Northeast that had once been near the center of the first oil boom of the Nineteenth Century. As thing ramped up back in those days people of varying levels of skill, and some with no skills at all except perhaps for a willingness to work flocked to the region. As the oil flow became a trickle and better fields were found in Oklahoma and Texas the skilled folk drifted away, the laborers mostly were left behind.
At the end of the Twentieth Century many of those towns were decimated by drugs and alcohol, inbreeding and what I like to call “voodoo” Christianity. Government agencies seeking to appease the wealthier populations in larger urban centers sought more and more to “dump” problem folks in group homes in these already impoverished town and then mandate special “employment” opportunities for the people they had dumped in those places. A nightmare in the making.
These days as we are continuing to see a radical shift in the population centers of the world I am reminded of God’s promise to the exiles of Jerusalem. God knows and understands you and I and everyone right where they are. The winds of culture may disperse us in ways we cannot imagine, but rest assured that God knows and is with you as you seek Him.
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