VERSE: "Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?" (Jeremiah 12:1)
FORMULA: If God chooses that some prosper, then let it be of no concern to us.
ACTION: Even in a fallen world, the grace of the Good Lord falls on the Just (Christians) AND the unjust (the majority of the Lost and dying world). From the beginning of time, evil men (and women) have prospered and become even wealthier than the people of Yahweh, who most times scratch and claw for a living. Our role - to accept what God has given us, to strive to do better without sinning against Him and our fellow man and finally to TRUST HIM completely for even the parking spot we lose at the top of the line at the grocery store parking lot.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we know that YOUR ways are not our ways. We know that You work all things to those who love God and follow You, in full trust and obedience. Lord we cannot explain why bad people seem to be the wealthiest, and loudest and even the most obnoxious, but help us to be like the Apostle Paul, our role model. He knew what was like to be hungry, cold, poor and persecuted and at times, he was well fed and warm. In all things, Paul trusted fully in You, seeing the reward ahead and the true riches of Christ which are not of this world. We know You will deal righteously as Jesus said of the rich man who was in hell while the beggar Lazarus was in paradise. He was not in hell because he was rich, but because he lived his own way all his life, ignoring You. Lord help us to understand this day that the best thing we can do is pay attention to our own souls and those around us, and then let You, our one True God of Heaven and Earth, take care of the rest, in Jesus' Strong Name, amen.