This hilly region was famous for a resin or gum that oozed from storax trees (or perhaps the Balanites or Terebinth trees). The resin served as a fragrant medicinal balm and enjoyed popularity for centuries as a valuable trade commodity (cf. Gen 37:25; Jer. 46:11, 51:8; Ezek. 27:17).
The solution to our problems never lies within our own wits or wisdom—but in God.
Of course, the remedies God offers often run counter to our desires. We want a physician to act in ways that solve the problems we see—with solutions that make sense to us. But our Great Physician goes beyond the symptoms to their cause, and His methods of cure begin with our hearts rather than slapping a Band Aid on our emotions.
The balm in Gilead offers a nearby remedy. But the application of that remedy—as with all of God’s solutions—requires daily faith.
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