I sometimes wonder why the wicked go unpunished. Why are those of us fighting on the side of God still in suffering as we cheer for the underdogs and lift them up? I wonder about injustice a lot. But why do I wonder? I sit in a perplexed state the majority of the time. I am wounded by watching those around me fall down and go in the wrong direction by choice. It doesn’t make sense to me. But I have to ask MYSELF… “Which way are YOU going, Julie?”
Jeremiah 8:21-22 – Since my people are crushed, I am crushed;
I mourn, and horror grips me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no healing
for the wound of my people?
Jeremiah had tremendous love for the people of Jerusalem, but he also wanted to escape the presence of their sin. He was set apart on his mission, but he was also one of them. God doesn’t force healing on anyone, He is such a gentleman. He gives each of us the same opportunity to get it together and to come to Him with all our struggles and problems. It’s all about forgiveness. Do I really have a forgiving heart in order to look past the wickedness of the world and see the promise that lies beneath it all? The promise of hope and of a life everlasting?
Jeremiah 9:23-24 – This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
Some things are just out of my control and quite frankly, none of my business. Who am I to wonder about the business of God alone? He is the Lord! Who am I to boast about my walk, my wisdom, or my strength? It causes me then to judge, to falter, and to then take the wrong road myself and my priorities then become a jumbled mess. Powerful lesson learned. It is our act of reasonable service to be kind, compassionate, caring, and loving toward others. We are to give to God the rest!
You can read about Jeremiah’s call and his prophecy against Judah at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Jeremiah
To further your reading, consider this from:
Ecclesiastes 9:11 – I have seen something else under the sun:
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
Everyone has a chance at life everlasting! EVERYONE! So who are we to judge them when they don’t get “what they deserve”? Why not, instead, reach out to them and pray for them? The world is unfair and sin has twisted everything. The world is not what God intended it to be which is why it is falling apart around us. We serve God, not people.