Jeremiah says, “Yet I would speak with You about Your justice; why does the way of the wicked prosper?” (Jeremiah 12:1).
Do you ever ask God where the justice lies in this world? In Jeremiah 12:1 Jeremiah says, “Yet I would speak with You about Your justice; why does the way of the wicked prosper?”
He continues on the say, “Why do all the faithless live at ease?”
How often do we utter these exact musings? We wonder how those who are not following the one true God, are living life without stresses, illness, financial woes, etc. Why do we, who are His children–seeking to follow Him– continue to struggle on a daily basis?
As I continued to read God’s answer was quite clear.
In Jeremiah 12:15-17 God explains He first will correct them. Then in love He says,
“. . . I will again have compassion and will bring each them back to their own inheritance and country. And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name. . . Then they will be established among my people.”
What is the example we are to follow? The answer?
A friend of mine put it so beautifully recently, she said “we should always err on the side of love.”
Isn’t that what God does?
Granting us and all people an infinite amount of chances to seek Him. If we do? Oh, the joy! We are then one of His own children.
Should it matter what or how their lives are compared to ours? Should they have to suffer with illness, pain, etc.? It isn’t for us to say. Ours is only to follow Him.
To know He sees all; understands all; Is compassionate to all and loves each of us the same. In other words my friends, we are to love.
And God can handle the rest.
Prayer: Father please help us not to look at others circumstances with eyes of judgment, envy, or complaint; but to realize that the very same eyes that looked upon us with compassion when were lost in sin without You, is the same eyes that look upon them. Help us not to focus on the lives of others, but on our own walk with You that we choose to err on the side of love, in all these things. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have three grown children, and a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness. She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with many digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
Do you find yourself at times looking through eyes of bitterness and envy? Complaining to God as Jeremiah did? How have you worked through those times? In what ways has God helped you err on the side of love?
It can be hard to put aside our desire to see justice. There is so much pain in this sinful world. But we must trust that God has it in His hands and keep our focus on Him. In time, we will care less about the unfairness of the world, and instead, see how much mercy God has shown us, as we have been far less than perfect. I know this from experience. This is Aaron Gillespie singing, “I Will Worship You.” Much love, -Lisa