Punishment, Suffering, and Forsaking the Lord

And when your people say, “Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us’ you shall say ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so that you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.”

Jeremiah 5:19

One of the major themes in the major prophets is pronouncing judgment upon Israel for their disobedience. In this passage, Jeremiah is explaining to them that they are going to experience exile because they have disobeyed God for too long.

Now here is my question..

There seems to be a direct correlation between forsaking God and that leading to being run over by our enemies. But is there a correlation between being run over by our enemies and forsaking God?

As in does the fact that the enemy is having victory over me necessitate me failing to obey God?

So If I overly disobey God, then I should expect my enemies should have victory over me. But what if I’m following God and doing his work, but my enemies still have victory over me?

After all, there are martyrs in the Christian faith for this reason. They have not forsaken the Lord, yet they are run over by their “enemies”, so to speak.

So how should one understand the relationship between fidelity with God and blessedness?

I’m not sure….

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Phil Chan
Phil has been writing for over 15 years. His passion is to help people see God and to live a life that matters.

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