Running with the Horses-Jeremiah 12:5

Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”
Geremia 12:5 «Se correndo con dei pedoni, questi ti stancano, come potrai gareggiare con i cavalli? Se non ti senti al sicuro che in terra di pace, come farai quando il Giordano sarà in piena?”
 
     There was a plot against Jeremiah’s life as was the case for many of the prophets during this time. Speaking the truth about the waywardness of God’s people is never a popular theme but the voice of the prophets would not be stopped. As the plan of God unfolds, Jeremiah calls out to Him for answers. The response from God comes as somewhat of a surprise. He doesn’t tell him that things will get better. On the contrary, things will become worse. But God gives Jeremiah an answer that shows him a different perspective.
     It is now that God gives Jeremiah a lesson in the form of two metaphors: a race and a walk. If Jeremiah complained about racing with men on foot and being worn out, how could he expect to compete with horses, a stronger and more powerful force? Likewise, if he could only trust God in times of safety like on a normal walk, how could he manage if he found himself walking through thorny thickets that could scratch and wound him? Simply said: if you don’t trust God in the easy times, how will you ever trust Him through the difficult times?
Pray with me: Lord, I tend to take You for granted when things are going smoothly. Help me to use these times to develop a deeper trust in You in order to stand strong in the tough times.


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