“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?” Jeremiah 12:1 -> me: I love this courageous, yet cautious approach to asking the Lord something I have contemplated so many times. Why does God allow the wicked and evil people of this world carry on so long without a recourse? I so appreciate the relationship Jeremiah had with the Lord God Almighty that he could question God in this way. I look around me even today and hold some of the same questions in my heart. However, we have not talked about God’s answer yet -> in response to Jeremiah, God says in verse 5: ‘If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?’ Essentially what the Lord is saying is buck up and deal – it will only get worse. God never really answers Jeremiah’s question directly and I think it is because the answer is too complicated. God’s ways and purposes are met through His plan. In this world where His plan is executed, His work and outcomes will be achieved because He uses use many situations, good people, and bad people for His purposes. In the end the evil and wicked will meet their reward…unless they find the life saving blood of Jesus Christ. All I have to do is remember the person of Saul of Tarsus and what evil he had enacted on Christian believers before the Lord Jesus grabbed him out of his sandals on the road to Damascus. What I can trust is -> is that God is in control. His purposes are being enacted through all of the worlds current situations, leaders, and evil elements. TRUSTING God and resting in His Sovereign and Perfect will is all I need to do.