Have you ever noticed how quickly we as followers of Christ can turn away from the Lord? In one moment we offer Him our whole lives and in another we go about our lives as if His will doesn’t matter. It happens in my life from time to time…it happens in many of my student’s lives a few weeks after a youth camp or mission trip. I guess in some ways it is human nature – sin.
In today’s scripture reading we find Johanan son of Kareah and his officers saying these words in Jeremiah 42:5-6
5 Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the LORD your God sends you to tell us. 6 Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God.”
When Jeremiah told them that the Lord wanted them to stay in the land that they were trying to flee (Jer 42:10), they said no way. In one breath, they said we will do whatever the Lord says…in the next they said…”no, we will go live in Egypt, where we will not see war…” (Jer 42:14) Obedience to the Lord is never an assurance of prosperity, but it is the assurance of being in His will. Lord, help me to always choose to be in your will and not my own. Help me to truly mean the words that these men said, “whether it is favorable or unfavorable, I will obey the Lord…”