Ever since I read these words, they have been churning in my heart. Sometimes you read the Bible and the words jump at you and simmer. Jeremiah brings has a case to bring before the Lord. His complaint is God’s matter of justice. The wicked are prospering. The faithless live at ease. They flourish. They mock your name. Their hearts are far from God. Jeremiah offers a few suggestions on the matter: “Drag them off like sheep to be butchered!” Set them apart for the day of slaughter” (Jeremiah 12:3). I don’t think Jeremiah was a pacifist. The land lies waste. The livestock is perishing. God do you see what is happening to Your people? Your silence on the matter seems to be a form of sanction. Are you siding with us or the wicked?
God’s answer is stimulating, even challenging. Rather than answer any of Jeremiah’s charges, God ask the prophet a question. It’s a question that echoes throughout time to you and I today.
“If you raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?“
What does running with horses have to do with justice? God’s answers sure are head scratchers.
Running with the horses. What a picture!