Background: The prophet Jeremiah spoke for 42 years to Judah (God’s people). His prophetic witness spanned over the reigns of 5 kings. Sadly, most of his words urging them to repent and turn back to God went unheeded and Judah was eventually taken into captivity by the Babylonians.
Jeremiah asked the same question that Job asked, that Habbakuk asked and that many have asked over the centuries, “Why do the wicked prosper?” Let’s say what God had to say about that.
Ask the children…
What did Jeremiah ask God about the wicked and what was his complaint?
“Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy? 2 You have planted them, and they have taken root and prospered. Your name is on their lips, but you are far from their hearts. .” (Jeremiah 12, 1, 2)
How did God respond?
“But any nation who refuses to obey me will be uprooted and destroyed. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 12:17)
Although in the short run the wicked appear happy and prosperous, God promises that in the end they will feel His wrath.
Ask your children who they think are the most popular people in the world? Which of them would be called wicked in God’s eyes? Can they think of anyone who at one point was very popular and then fell under God’s wrath? Hint: Think of figures like German Furher Adolph Hitler, President Rich M. Nixon. The cover of Sports Illustrated on August 4, 2014 shows Alex Rodriguez, once a Major League Basebaall home run king and now a disgraced drug user. Keep in mind that following God today is the way to get into the flow of God’s promised blessings even though it may not feel like it in the short term.
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