I’ve heard this scripture many, many times…

Jeremiah 12:5 So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses?

But, it never occurred to me that it was an answer to a question.

Before God talked to Jeremiah about running a race, Jeremiah asked God:

Why do bad people have it so good?
Why do con artists make it big?
You planted them and they put down roots.
They flourished and produced fruit.
They talk as if they’re old friends with you,
but they couldn’t care less about you.
Meanwhile, you know me inside and out.
You don’t let me get by with a thing!
Make them pay for the way they live,
pay with their lives, like sheep marked for slaughter.
How long do we have to put up with this—
the country depressed, the farms in ruin—
And all because of wickedness, these wicked lives?
Even animals and birds are dying off
Because they’ll have nothing to do with God
and think God has nothing to do with them.

So, I thought: “Why the harsh retort, God? Jerry was just asking you a few man to man questions and I’ll tell ya, if I were in his shoes, I might be asking the same things. Wait, I DO ask the same things. So, what’s wrong with these questions?”

And then I looked toward heaven for my answer because the internet, tv and facebook were all full of folks complaining too.

This is what my heart heard:

You’re too caught up in what you see, in what you can feel. Your focus is on the people, on the injustice, on you and not on Me. You’re getting tired because you keep trying to keep up with people, but you’re not supposed to keep up with the people, you’re meant for other races.

I think that was what God was trying to say to Jeremiah. It was a focus adjustment. I often need that focus adjustment, especially when I’m getting weary of running this race. It’s not about what I can see. It’s about seeing Him and only Him.

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