- The people rebelled against the words of God and His counsel.
- They became prisoners in misery and chains.
- They were humbled with labor
- They stumbled and there was none to help
This state is not very appealing. Yet there are many who have been there and are struggling with it now. Note that the entrance is through disobedience and refusal to follow God. He then sets them up with labor and misery. This is defined in verse 16 as lovingkindness. Why? Because of what it produces in those in the pit:
- They cried out
God’s response to their cry:
- He saved them from distress – emotional
- He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death – physical
- He broke their bonds – freedom
There was nothing they could do to get out of the mess that they had created through disobedience and self will other than call upon God. That seems to be a fairly consistent pattern in scripture.