running with horsesJeremiah has just finished declaring that God is “uncompromisingly righteous and rigidly just” (Jer 12:1 AMP) – yet here he is bringing some strange questions to God that reveal his limited understanding.

              Why do the wicked prosper?

             Why are those who do wicked things so happy?

              How long will the land mourn and wither?

These questions reveal much about what Jeremiah understands of God.  They present a truly perplexing problem to those who are under the impression that God rules the earth and everything that happens comes from Him.  This teaching is called “Sovereignty of God” and is a staple of Calvinism.

Asaph had this same misunderstanding in Psalm 73:2-17.

When God is understood as an exerciser of blessing and grace to a people who He has endowed with Free Will – then the answers to these questions are easy.

Why do the wicked prosper?

Satan is the god of this world’s system, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that works in the children of disobedience (2 Cor 4:4, Eph 2:1-3, Rev 12:9).  Many times he helps the wicked to prosper and hinders the righteous who have not yet learned to seek and get the help of God in their financial situation/business.  Therefore, if a wicked man prospers the Christian should not stumble over that fact.  They (the Christian) can prosper more than the wicked if they will be led of God and appropriate the promises to his own life.

 Why are those who do wicked things so happy?

This is because the wicked (those who reject God’s rule over their lives) enjoy being wicked and gaining through ungodly means.  They are as their name suggests.

 How long will the land mourn and wither?

The land is mourning and the grass is withering due to being plundered and destroyed by the wicked.  Again, the prophet assumes that God somehow sitting back and letting that happen.  In actuality, it is happening due to the disobedience of God’s people (Judah) which has circumvented the Blessing of protection over the land.  All of creation is groaning, waiting for that curse to be lifted (Rom 8:20-22).

 In the end – God rebukes Jeremiah for this inaccurate understanding, as well as informs him that this is just the beginning of what is going to happen due to the people’s disobedience.  “If you can’t understand this – and grow weary and discouraged running with the footmen – how will you run with the horses when you need to?”

 Are there any horse-runners out there? (Isaiah 40:31)

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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