Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will listen to the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, so that it may go well with us when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God.” Jeremiah 42:6
The Prophet Jeremiah was never very popular, mostly because people didn’t like to hear truth. Jeremiah would only speak what God has told him, but the people mostly didn’t like what God had to say. So time and time again, the Israelites would disobey God and horrible consequences usually happened. Here the people are telling Jeremiah, that this time they will listen to God
‘If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will build you up and not tear you down, and I will plant you and not uproot you; for I will relent concerning the calamity that I have inflicted on you. Jeremiah 42:10
Jeremiah brought the message of God to the people, however again it was not the message they wanted to hear. The people of Israel wanted to flee their own country and hide out in Egypt. But God told them to stay in Israel and he would protect them
For you have only deceived yourselves; for it is you who sent me to the LORD your God, saying, “Pray for us to the LORD our God; and whatever the LORD our God says, tell us so, and we will do it.” Jeremiah 42:20
Even though the Israelites promised to listen to God, again they disobeyed. Even though God promised to protect them in Israel, they rather go their own way in Egypt where death is certain.
Can we relate to this story? How many times have we said we would listen to God, only to disobey his commands? God is smarter than you, he knows the beginning and the end, listen to him in obedience. Don’t be like these people, and follow Jesus, the Way ,the Truth, and the Life Amen!