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The Struggles Of A Prophet Are Ours


"Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" (Jer.12:1).

Perhaps no prophet was as conflicted, as indignant at sin, or as dissatisfied with God's response as was Jeremiah. Do today's verses still ring true with folks today? Though Jesus talked about the rain falling on the just and unjust, is that enough for us? Christians are apt to see themselves in Jeremiah in more than his questioning of the justice of God... The prophet, perhaps was a little too quick to call down God's wrath, as he wrote this; "Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter." I find it interesting that God gave Jeremiah a heaping dose of reality... "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan..." (Vs,5). Like many of us, Jeremiah's faith and devotion in the pursuits God had given to him had waxed and waned. As we might do, sometimes Jeremiah complained, while at other times he bowed down and confessed and hoped. For those who want their religion to be all sunshine, lollipops and unicorns, the book of Jeremiah might not be to their liking, He was given the task of confronting sin which he did unwaveringly. As a reward, he was often ridiculed as a laughingstock, and considered a pest. A lesson for us here is an important one. We cannot run ahead of God! Though we live in a sinful world, and sinfulness seems to be winning the day, despair should not be in our vocabulary... The apostle Paul lived in a world held within the grips of sin too. His response? "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Rom.8:37). This sounds like Paul thought he was winning...Sin is wrong and ought to be denounced, but we do well to allow God to work on His own schedule...

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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