Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.


Those sad hillbilly lyrics provide a good description of life in Israel during the time of the judges. For approximately three hundred-and fifty-years following Joshua’s death, the children of Israel engaged in anarchy and apostasy. Some call it Israel’s Dark Ages when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6, 21:25). 


Sound familiar? The lawlessness and loosening of our spiritual moorings in America make me wonder if we might be heading into a dark time similar to ancient Israel. By the way, staying on the right side of God’s blessing has nothing to do with luck. 

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Romans 8:28 MSG