Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jeremiah 42

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 42. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Johanan, his fellow military leaders, and the people he had rescued from Ishmael in chapter 41, went to ask the prophet Jeremiah to pray for God’s guidance for them. Jeremiah promised to pray for them and the people promised to obey whatever God told them to do.
  • After ten days, God replied and commanded the people to remain where they were and not go to Egypt. God promised that if the people followed his command and stayed put, they would receive mercy and kindness from the king of Babylon. If the people refused and went to Egypt to escape the war, none of them would escape destruction and they would never see their homeland again.
  • The chapter ends with God telling the people that he knows they were not being honest when they said they would do whatever God told them to do and they were acting just as they and their ancestors had acted in the past.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is honest and loving and wants his people to trust to him. Even though God knew that the people were not going to follow his instructions, God still shared both sides with them. The people were told of the benefits they would reap for following God and the damage they would suffer for refusing. God loves us so much that he always gives us free will to make our own choices and also shares up front what the consequences of the choices will be.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • God is not fooled by our words; he knows what is truly in our hearts. The pressure to say the “right” things can come from many sources: family, friends, coworkers, and society. Today, talk with God and be honest with him. Tell him about those areas where you are saying one thing to the world but you don’t really mean it. Maybe you tell people how much you love your job even though it’s unfulfilling. Or maybe you talk about how fun the party life is and leave out the emptiness you feel when you’re alone. God already knows the truth and he wants to comfort you and guide you to a place of peace.