Today you should read: Jeremiah 12
Why do the wicked prosper? Why do people who blaspheme the name of the Lord continue to earn and spend and laugh and live? This is a question that many of us have asked. Why God?
In today’s reading – the prophet Jeremiah asks God that question (v.1).
You have planted them, and they have taken root and prospered. Your name is on their lips, but you are far from their hearts. (v.2)
If we aren’t careful – verse 2 describes us… we talk a big game – we sing praise to the Lord with the same lips that we damn His name with. We talk like we love God, but our hearts are far from Him.
So, what’s the answer to the question? Why do the wicked prosper?
The grace of God benefits all
He [God] causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45b
God’s grace and kindness should lead to repentance (Romans 2:4) – but not everyone will repent. Some will look at God in the face of His incredible creation and provision and turn their backs on Him (Romans 1:18-20).
How should we respond to this? Psalm 37 answers that question for us…
Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Psalm 37:1-7
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Love God will of your heart, soul, and mind. Obey
Him. Don’t worry about everyone else around you.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
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