(We’re going to go ahead and read three chapters today so we can complete the narrative started in 42.)
“Whether we like it or not, we will obey the Lord our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.” 42:6
Glad I’m not the only one who has desperately uttered an I’ll do whatever you say, just please help me prayer to God before.
But, as these things usually go, the remnant of Judah, who asked for his help, don’t like his answer. They think they know what’s best and despite a pretty curt warning from Jeremiah, they blatantly ignore God’s instructions (43:7).
Have you been here before? Have you asked God to direct you somewhere, disliked his answer and faced severe consequences?
Maybe you’ve experienced this on a small scale. Followed an opportunity you clearly knew you shouldn’t or disregarded godly advice you didn’t like. But on a larger scale, we are all facing this. God tells us “pick up your cross and follow me, don’t go down that other road that leads to death and destruction” and instead, we peer down the other way and think “nah, it seems easier and more fun to just do whatever I want”.
What’s your intention when you ask God for help? Do you want help? Are you fully trusting him? I can easily expose my own intentions when I dread what his answer might be.
God’s perspective is perfect, his scope is all-encompassing and he knows what’s best for us. Even when the answer seems wrong and you think you know what’s best for yourself, trust him.