Seeking God’s Will
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 42-44; Psalm 48; Revelation 13
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 42:1-43:7
The Babylonians had conquered the kingdom of Judah and Jerusalem was destroyed. Many of the inhabitants had been taken into exile, and very few remained in the land. Those that remained came to Jeremiah and wanted him to ask God what He wanted them to do next. (Vss. 1-2) They wanted to seek God’s will, and they promised to obey God and do whatever He told them to do. (Vs. 6) Jeremiah prayed to God and sought His will as requested, and ten days later, he had God’s answer. (Vs. 7) Jeremiah told the people that God wanted them to stay where they were. (Vs. 10) God did not want the people to go to Egypt to try to escape the Babylonians, and promised to protect them only if they chose not to go. (Vss. 11-17) Of course, God already knew that the people would not listen to Him. He knew that they were a rebellious people who had already planned to go to Egypt and merely wanted God to go along with their plan. (Vss. 18-22) As expected, the people disobeyed God and forgot their promise to do whatever He told them to do, and they went to Egypt despite God’s warnings. (Vss. 43:4-7)
As followers of Christ, we all want to know what God’s will is for our lives. We pray to Him seeking His will, and we promise to obey Him and do whatever He tells us to do next. However, seeking God’s will is not enough…we have to be willing to follow through. How often does God tell us His will, but it seems too big for us? How often do we convince ourselves that we must not have heard from God because His instructions seemed too difficult? How often do we hear God’s words but rationalize that it must have been someone else’s voice because if we obeyed we might be uncomfortable? My prayer for each of us today is that we gain the wisdom to discern God’s voice, and the courage to act on His will. I pray that His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
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