Read Jeremiah 12
Focus on verse 1
I recently read a news report warning young adults to be cautious of the people they play on line games with. This report related how a fourteen-year-old boy was lured into the life of a disturbed individual through on-line gaming who ultimately murdered the young man. This kind of event is not limited to Internet gaming. Every day, somewhere in the world, presumably innocent people are abused and murdered by other disturbed and misguided people. Nearly every year several natural disasters wipe our entire communities; and much too frequently accidents of all kinds maim and kill people of all ages. These events invariably leave those who are close to the families involved wondering what went wrong. It is oftentimes particularly difficult for those who believe that God is good.
This is ultimately the question Jeremiah asks at the beginning of today’s reading; “Righteous are you, O Lord, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?” Essentially Jeremiah is asking “God, if you are really good…why do you let all this bad stuff go on? Why are the righteous suffering and the wicked prospering? Why don’t you do something to intervene?”
As providence would have it, I just came across a blog post by a friend who, in my estimation, addresses this question about as well and any. So, rather than try to rewrite what has already been written, I have placed a link to his post here so that you can read it for yourself. I’m sure he would appreciate comments as much as I do. https://cantelon.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/evil/?c=1765#comment-1765