So many times when things are going wrong for us, or are at least difficult, we tend to ask the question, ‘Why?’. Jeremiah had been given a very difficult task by the Lord; talking a people that really did not want to listen, and certainly did not want to change. Jeremiah had many questions for the Lord, one of which was ‘Why’.
God is God and the reasons He chooses to do what He does, and when He does it are His alone. Our responsibility is to keep our hearts and thoughts toward Him right.
The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. (Isaiah 55:8 NCV)
Father, I say with Jeremiah, “But you know my heart, Lord. You see me and test my thoughts about you.” I do not want to question what You do, but to trust You to be my God and to be loyal and loving toward me. I love You. AMEN
Lord, tell me Your ways, and show me how to live. Guide me in Your truth, and teach me, my God and Savior. Psalm 25
The Why Question
1 Lord, when I bring my case to you, you are always right. But I want to ask you about the justice you give. Why are evil people successful? Why do dishonest people have such easy lives? 2 You have put the evil people here like plants with strong roots. They grow and produce fruit. With their mouths they speak well of you, but their hearts are really far away from you. 3 But you know my heart, Lord. You see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag the evil people away like sheep to be butchered. Set them aside for the day of killing. 4 How much longer will the land stay dried up and the grass in every field be dead? The animals and birds in the land have died, because the people are evil. Yes, they are even saying, “God does not see what happens to us.” 5 “If you get tired while racing against people, how can you race against horses? If you stumble in a country that is safe, what will you do in the thick thornbushes along the Jordan River? 6 Even your own brothers and members of your own family are making plans against you. They are crying out against you. Don’t trust them, even when they say nice things to you! (Jeremiah 12:1-6 NCV)
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