Read: Jeremiah 42:1-22
Consider: After Nebuchadnezzar had captured Jerusalem a remnant was left in the land under the governship of Gedaliah. However, after Gedaliah was assassinated by Ishmael the people feared for their lives and wanted to escape to Egypt. Seeking Jeremiah’s advice, they asked him to gain God’s guidance and whatever it was they agreed to stick to it. Jeremiah tells them what God revealed to him (chapter 42:10): If you stay in the land, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you …’
So the people had a choice – listen to Jeremiah and obey God, or listen to their inner fears and disobey. Jeremiah 43:4 tells us: ‘… all the people disobeyed the Lord’s command to stay in the land of Judah …’
Sometimes we have hard choices to make. Sometimes we would prefer God’s will to be the path we would choose for ourselves. The lesson from Jeremiah is that when God discloses his will, follow it through. This is where true blessing is to be found.
Pray: Father, may we be determined to follow your will when you reveal it to us. We know that sometimes we might think that what you want us to do is unfavourable, yet we know that you ultimately seek our good. Give us the strength and the courage to move forward with you in these times. Amen
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