2 Timothy 4; Jeremiah 11-12; Psalm 124
Let’s come out into the open and admit what we are all thinking, but would never dare to say. Sometimes God gets it wrong. There I said it. If you haven’t at least thought that, then you really haven’t examined your faith in light of the world around you. If you did, you would see great injustice in this world. You would see those who are wicked getting ahead while people of faith keep going through difficult times. God must have gotten something wrong.
Lest you accuse me of blasphemy, let’s get something straight: I’m not the first person to talk to God like that. Better, more faithful men than me have said that very thing. Jeremiah would be one example. “You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Jeremiah 12:1)
When Jeremiah asked this question, perhaps he thought he would get a nice soothing answer from God. He didn’t. God basically told Jeremiah that things were going to get worse. God doesn’t dictate to each man how they will live, He gives us instructions on righteous living and then we have the choice of whether or not to follow Him. In Jeremiah’s time the majority of the people of God chose evil over righteousness.
In the same way today, I might want to speak to God about his justice. The truth is, though, that when so many people choose evil, our church and our world is going to be in trouble. We have the opportunity to change that by helping mold people in God’s ways in the church. We also can share the love and grace of Jesus Christ with those outside the church so that God can begin working on them as well. The key to solving the problems we have today lies not in accusing God of injustice; it lies in us getting our hearts right with God and showing that joyous life to others.
O Lord, I see the injustice in this world and I want to cry out and blame You. Remind me that You already have a plan to deal with that, and that Your plan involve me living according to Your words and sharing Your love and grace with others. Help my life be an example of the joys of living with You.