Scripture: Jeremiah 42.
(What is God saying here?)
Jeremiah 42:19-22 (NLT)
19 “Listen, you remnant of Judah. The LORD has told you: ‘Do not go to Egypt!’ Don’t forget this warning I have given you today.
20 For you were not being honest when you sent me to pray to the LORD your God for you. You said, ‘Just tell us what the LORD our God says, and we will do it!’
21 And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the LORD your God any better now than you have in the past.
22 So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
We are often very quick to make deals with God, vowing that if He pleases us by answering a certain prayer, we will do what we know He has called us to do anyway. I have heard of very isolated cases of where people have actually lived up to their end of the bargain, but more often I know that we have accepted the thing we have prayed for and moved on to our next project. The people of Judah was much like this. They felt like if they could get Jeremiah to pray on their behalf, that God would certainly do what he (Jeremiah) asked for and then they could do exactly what they wanted to do all along, but now with God’s blessing. Friends, we must remember that in a response to any question we could hear “Yes”, but we may hear “No” or we may even hear “Not now”. We have to be very careful to discern God’s response and before we ever ask, we need to vow that we will be obedient to God’s response – whether it’s what we want or not. If we are going to do our own thing anyway, then we need to decide not to even bother with asking God’s advice, for we may wind up bringing damnation on ourselves like God did to the people of Judah when they entered Egypt against His will. The right thing for us to do, is to ask God about those important decisions in our lives. The follow-up to hearing God’s response is to honor what He says without questioning Him. Under no circumstance should we stand before our all-knowing and wise God and say that we will do it our way regardless of His wise advice.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, there are so many decisions that I make every day. Please help me to be obedient to You and to Your will for my life. I acknowledge that I serve the Master of this universe, the Author of all things that we know today, therefore I am nothing before such a Holy and Righteous God. However, I am Your son, therefore I am confident that You will not mislead me as You are looking out for my ultimate best in all things. Thank You for loving me enough to steer me in the right direction and for answering my prayers. May I always be obedient to Your voice.
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