I have been sick the last several days. Bad head cold, sore throat, and a voice that currently sounds like I should be a late night DJ…In the midst have been cold medicines – Nyquil at night, some Robitussin during the day – all of which has made me a bit foggy the last few days. (My sermon on Sunday ought to be interesting…). I think maybe that’s why I resonated wtih Jeremiah’s words from yesterday’s reading about his “complaining” to the Lord. I’m not sure of “complaining” is the right word, but its the best I am coming up with right now. Here’s what he says…
Lord, you have always been fair
whenever I have complained to you.
However, I would like to speak with you about the disposition of justice.
Why are wicked people successful?
Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?
You plant them like trees and they put down their roots.
They grow prosperous and are very fruitful.
They always talk about you,
but they really care nothing about you.
Jeremiah is asking the questions that so many of us have asked and probably will continue to ask. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? And so forth. Its like Jeremiah is looking through the word through bad prescription glasses – he can see the shape of how things should be but its far from the reality. The reality instead is blurry and unclear, its shifted from what it ought to be. I know I have felt that many times in my and not just just right now due to the Nyquil or the Robitussin.
So if you feel that way as well, its ok. Its reality. Its the reality of walking by faith in the midst of a world that has a lot of brokenness, pain, and questions. Its working to try to see clearly and continuing to seek Christ who has promised to never leave or forsake. It may be blurry now, but keep seeking Christ under it all.