Bible Reading: Jeremiah 12
Key Verse: Verse 1– “Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?"
Key Words: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper
Jeremiah served God from 626 BC to 581 BC. Jeremiah lived and prophesied through 40 terrible years of Israel’s apostasy.
His message primarily was “Israel must repent or they will be destroyed by Babylon” which they eventually were.
In Chapter 12, Jeremiah is contrasting his situation of ridicule and threats with the apparent prosperity of the wicked.
Have you ever felt that way before? Here you are serving God and struggling while the carnal and worldly are seemingly prospering. But I remind you that things are not always as they appear to be.
About four or five years ago in Texas, a pilot left the motor running on a plane and somehow this plane engaged itself. It was without a pilot and took off. It was flying on its own. It stayed in the air for over 90 minutes. Then, the inevitable happened: it ran out of gas, crashed, and was totally destroyed. For a while, you can fly on your own. For a while, you can take off and be somebody. For a while, you can act like God does not exist. For a while, you can play a little religion, but not be serious about subordinating yourself. And for a while, you can fly. I know there are atheists, and they look like they’re flying. I know, sometimes you look at evil people and you say, How come they can be so evil and can fly so high? I know sometimes you are jealous when you look at folk who have no respect for deity and seem to be flying high. Keep watching, because sooner or later, they will run out of gas, crash, and be destroyed. When you fly your life without God in the pilot’s seat, that’s what happens. That’s why the Bible says don’t be envious of the evildoers. Just because they are making money and getting ahead by doing wrong, don’t get jealous of them. One can only fly high on their own for a while, but there will come a point where they will run out of gas and will discover in an abrupt way there is a God who is Lord over the universe.
What to do:
✞ Remember one day their high flying will crash and you will have just begun to soar.
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