“When Jeremiah had finished telling the people all the words of the Lord…Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying!…” So Johanan son of Kareah and all the army officers and all the people disobeyed the Lord’s command to stay in the land of Judah.”
As believers, we know that we should seek God’s will in every aspect of life, but that does not mean we always do so.
Especially nowadays, with so many voices on the Internet and elsewhere eager to give advice on every little topic, it is easy to see God as only one of the experts available to us.
In fact, we often ask God for His blessing on choices we have already made, rather than asking for God’s guidance in our decision-making in the first place.
When the Israelites came to the prophet Jeremiah to ask for the Lord’s guidance, they promised that “whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God.” But when Jeremiah told them what the Lord wanted them to do, they refused. Their minds had already been made up.
What about us…who will you choose to follow at every turn?
Dear God, help me to trust in You so that I can “test and approve what Your will is…Your good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). Amen.