BALM IN GILEAD

It is not surprising that in the present world atmosphere charged with tenseness and strife one might easily find little to comfort him and very much to disturb his peace. And as with the individual, so with the community and the nation. Today the condition of the world would seem analogous to that in which Jeremiah of old found himself when he cried (Jer. 8:22), "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?" Since Gilead was famous for its balm, and also physicians skilled in its application were found there, the prophet's despairing wail was a figurative implication that, even from the ultimate source of hope for restored harmony, none was forthcoming. There was no apparent way out of the turmoil.

Even in Jeremiah's time the yearning for a saner, happier state of life was nothing new. Job, who many years before must have felt much as Jeremiah did, cried out (Job 23:3), "Oh that I knew where I might find him!" Evidently Job realized that there existed an invisible almighty power, God, though he did not know enough of the nature of God to determine where to find Him or how to gain His help. He knew only that he must appeal to a power which transcended human aid, if he was to find harmony and peace of mind.

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