Contending With Horses
“How shall you contend with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5)
Jeremiah, a young man facing opposition
and growing increasingly impatient,
complained to the Lord about the injustice in life —
the wicked prosper, and the righteous suffer,
and God seems to sit back in silence.
“Lord, I have a problem here – why do the wicked prosper,
and the faithless always succeed?”
Have you ever wanted to say something to God along those lines?
Before you do, you should hear
how He answered young Jeremiah’s complaint.
“Jeremiah,” the Lord said,
“if you get tired in a race against people,
how can you possibly run against horses?
And if you complain in fields of ease, w
hat will happen when your encounter
the high tides of the turbulent Jordan?”
There God goes again, speaking in riddles.
What on earth does this mean?
He is telling Jeremiah that tough times are ahead,
and these present difficulties are only
preparing him for the steeper climb.
And the question God puts to him is the same
we must answer in our ever darkening world.
And even though the wicked may seem to have it made now;
in that day when their world comes crashing down around them,
will you have what it takes to stand?
If we cannot handle the inconvenience of the smaller thing,
then how shall we meet the challenge of the greater thing?
If we stumble over that which is now before us,
how shall we advance to that which is yet beyond us?
To be sure, the Lord wants us to make measured moves
to greater levels of opportunity and responsibility,
but the climb is beset with necessary challenges
that can only be mounted by an unflinching faith.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. said,
“Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far,
but none comes further.”
None but those who contend with horses. Rylie
Uncompromisingly righteous and rigidly just are You, O Lord, when I complain against and contend with You. Yet let me plead and reason the case with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all they at ease and thriving who deal very treacherously and deceitfully?
You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bring forth fruit. You are near in their mouths but far from their hearts.
But You, O Lord, know and understand me and my devotion to You; You see me and try my heart toward You. [O Lord] pull [these rebellious ones] out like sheep for the slaughter and devote and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
How long must the land mourn and the grass and herbs of the whole country wither? Through the wickedness of those who dwell in it, the beasts and the birds are consumed and are swept away [by the drought], because men [mocked] me, saying, He shall not [live to] see our final end.
[But the Lord rebukes Jeremiah’s impatience, saying] If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if [you take to flight] in a land of peace where you feel secure, then what will you do [when you tread the tangled maze of jungle haunted by lions] in the swelling and flooding of the Jordan? Amplified Bible
I’m thankful for God’s plan . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie