Hard times came on Israel when they went without the true God, teaching priests, and the law. We face similar hard times today.
The true God – There are many false gods today: gods of worldly success and gods of false worship.
Teaching priests – There are many faithless priests today: priests loyal to their own finances and not to the living God.
The law – There are many alternatives to the law of Jesus taught today: every sermon topic imaginable except Christ and Him crucified.
Things ought not to be this way. We live in the kingdom of God. The one true God reigns over it. His name is Jesus and those of us who know it ought to be able to praise His name clearly enough for others to follow. As for the law, He could not have been clearer: we are to love one another as He loved us.
Let us cast aside our church and Christian identities and return in humility to our respective places in the family of man. Let us live for the invisible King and thus demonstrate to all those around us that there is one true God, that we are faithful priests, that His law is love, and that all humanity is His kingdom. That will be the beginning of the end of hard times.