What We Should Do

What We Should Do

07 September 2010

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 42-44; Psalm 48; Revelation 13


1 All the army officers, led by Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, accompanied by all the people, small and great, 2 came to Jeremiah the prophet and said, “We have a request. Please listen. Pray to your God for us, what’s left of us. You can see for yourself how few we are! 3 Pray that your God will tell us the way we should go and what we should do.” (Jeremiah 42:1-3 MSG)

The few Jews Nebuchadnezzar had left in Judah were afraid to stay. They wanted to go to Egypt in hopes of making a better life there. God had told them to stay in Judah and that he would protect them and they would prosper there. They really didn’t want to do that. They wanted to go to Egypt so they came to Jeremiah and asked him to pray for a word from God about what they should do.

They wanted another word from God, hopefully this time a word that agreed with what they had already decided to do! They even promised in advance that whatever God told them, they would do.

But they didn’t do it. God again told them to stay in Judah and he would protect and prosper them, but they accused Jeremiah of giving them a false prophecy and then they outright determined to ignore God, worship idols, and go to Egypt.

It’s good to know what God wants you to do. It’s dangerous to know what God wants you to do and then not to do it. Sometimes we approach God with our minds already made up and hope he will tell us to go ahead and do what we want to do. Sometimes when we’re hearing something that doesn’t match what we want, we think, “This can’t be God!” Sometimes we just go ahead and do what we want to do.

God is good. He’s not going to lead us the wrong way. What he tells us to do is actually the best thing to do – even if it looks scary, even if it’s hard to do. It’s best to listen, to hear, and simply obey.


Father, Please be patient with me. I want to know and do your will. I don’t want to be like the people in this story who asked your direction with their minds already made up. I trust you. I submit to your will. Give me faith and courage to obey what you tell me to do – simply and quickly obey. Amen.

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