Jeremiah 42:5-6, 43:1-2
“So they said to Jeremiah, “Let the LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the LORD your God sends us by you. Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.”
Now it happened, when Jeremiah had stopped speaking to all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, all these words, that Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to dwell there.’” (NKJV)
A group of people (Johanan & team) met Jeremiah (prophet) to ask for God’s counsel on what they should do. In Chapter 42, they were willing to hear and do whatever God told them to do. But it looked like Johanan & team had already made up their minds. And God knew their hearts. He saw through the false humility and mock excuse of obedience. In Jeremiah 42: 20, God said, “For you were hypocrites in your hearts when you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the LORD our God, and according to all that the LORD your God says, so declare to us and we will do it.’”
Johanan and team were not happy with what they heard. They had already made their plans on what they would do in Egypt – the very place God asked them not to go. Their plans did not match what the Heavenly Consultant had in mind. In Chapter 43, as soon as they realized that Jeremiah had not spoken according to their plans, they called Jeremiah a liar. Even though they did not proclaim it loudly, they also labeled God a liar!
We often try to fit God into our plans. We draw a circle and tell Him – this is where I want You to be. Sometimes we draw a circle around ourselves and designate that as the will of God.
He is God. The same God who said, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways” (Isaiah 55:8). It is above. It is better. It is higher. It is a thought – a plan that knows the end before the beginning. When you have the luxury of that perspective, you definitely know what is better.
We have the luxury of knowing this God. The offer to have a personal relationship with Him. Let’s not put Him in a circle. When you don’t limit God, there are no limits for you.
Pray in your own words: Teach me, Lord to accept Your will in my life. Let me not limit You in any way. But help me to open up to You and go out to do great things for You.
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 23-24 (Old Testament), Matthew 7 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)