Jeremiah 42:1-44:23 / 2 Timothy 2:1-26 / Psalm 92:1-93:5 / Proverbs 26:3-5
Standout verse: Jeremiah 42:6 “Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord.” Jeremiah 42:10-11 “If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pull you up…(v.11) Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him”, says the Lord, “for I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hand.”
The Israelites were afraid, in pain and desperate for God’s direction. They vowed to obey His leading no matter what. But, when Jeremiah the prophet delivered God’s word to the people – to remain in the land and plant crops and live under the His promise of protection - they decided they couldn’t possibly bear it. They chose their own way - the way that seemed more comfortable and less risky: they returned to Egypt.
Often times we find ourselves at a “crossroads” situation in our lives, and we cry out to the Lord for His leading/direction and clarity, promising that no matter what, if He will just give us an answer, we will obey.
This passage challenges us to ask ourselves if we are crying out to Him simply because we want to get rid of the pain and anxiety, or, are we seeking Him because we are truly willing to obey what He calls us to do?
Let's ask ourselves these questions:
Am I truly willing to do what the Lord is asking of me no matter what the personal cost looks like in the moment? Do I really trust Him? Do I really believe He is GOOD? Do I really believe He loves me? Am I prepared to obey Him and breakthrough into the awesome plans and purposes He has for me (even if the process is difficult, challenging and painful at times?)
Will I choose to ‘play it safe’, take what looks like the “easy way” and ‘return to Egypt’?