Discouragement Amidst Wickedness

October 14, 2016

Recently, I have been thinking of a passage in Jer. 12 as it relates to the increasing wickedness throughout this planet, including the moral decline of the West.

Jeremiah was also upset at the wickedness of Judah and why God had not fulfilled His prophecies of judgment upon them. Jeremiah essentially was asking God, “Why are the wicked still prospering and even Jeremiah’s own house and village still raging against him (men of Anatoth)? God, why do you allow it all? God why don’t you act?!

God seems to be saying in the following verses, that God was conditioning and training Jeremiah. If he could not handle these intellectual challenges and the pressure of unfounded attacks upon him, how will he handle things when it gets worse….for it surely will!!! God tells Jeremiah the open country is a lot easier for a footrace than running with horses or entering the forests of the Jordan where wild beasts lay in wait! Jeremiah is now in the open country and getting worn out. How will he compete in the more difficult aspects of life’s journey? God seems to be gently telling Jeremiah to remember the current trials are conditioning for a long and arduous race, with steep hills and over large boulders. So hang in there for the tougher tasks ahead! Could God be telling you and me this too! Surely so! Here is the passage in Jer. 12.

“If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,
Then how can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace,
How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?
“For even your brothers and the household of your father,
Even they have dealt treacherously with you,
Even they have cried aloud after you.
Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you.”