“With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose. Now I will give your countries to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who is my servant. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.” 27:5-6
Sometimes we think just because God puts someone in a position of power, he approves of everything they do. Or even that he thinks they’re a great leader.
King Nebuchadnezzar is a great villain of the Bible. He was great, powerful and apparently a servant of God. (Meaning, he was working for God’s purposes whether he knew it or not. Interesting.) Here God defends him, insisting Babylon must submit to him.
Is God asking you to submit to leadership that kind of, well, sucks?
Or maybe you’re on the other side of things. Are there things in your life, or things about your character, that you think God is approving of just because he hasn’t put an end to it?
I keep reminding myself that not everything in Jeremiah is applicable to my life. God doesn’t always want you to put up with toxic leaders. This is definitely a specific point in history with a specific story, and I don’t have to find personal meaning in it.
But wow, can you imagine receiving this message from Jeremiah? Tomorrow he writes a letter to the exiles and it’s devastating.