September 12, Reading 2 – Jeremiah 12


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SAA Notes

Jeremiah brings to God one of the BIG QUESTIONS! Why do the wicked prosper? Think about God’s answer to Jeremiah in the rest of the chapter.

SJA Notes

Another hard passage from Jeremiah; his (and our) struggling with the question: Why do the wicked prosper?

One important aspect to wrestling with this is perspective.

What does it mean to prosper? Our understanding is sometimes bound up in the _now_, the earthly, the temporal.

God’s word clearly tells us that real blessing comes through obedience to Him. And those who walk in disobedience are on the broad road, headed to the eternal fire of hell.

So prosperity, or blessing, is not what the world would say it is.

It’s also, as Jeremiah wrestles with, not even what our own eyes and minds tell us. We are broken, prone to jealousy and bitterness, and so should treat with suspicion our own thoughts on the matter.

God’s answer to Jeremiah is the answer we see throughout scripture.

We need Jesus! We need a better king, a righteous head of the church; and we need new hearts, a new spirit.

* Father God,

Please help us to trust in You, for we are frail and weak.

True blessing comes from You, and yet we seek it elsewhere.

And Lord, we do see the wicked prosper in this life.

Please remind us that our lives are but breath. That it is Your love that is steadfast, Your mercy true, and Your blessing that is what we should long for.


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