Hear then the word of GOD :
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it ?
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the conscience, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9)
Now turn ahead to Jeremiah chapter 42, in this chapter, all the people came to Jeremiah and asked him to pray to God “that the Lord, thy God, may show us the way in which we may walk, and the things that we may do” (verse 3) and they PROMISED that they would DO all the things that God directed them to do (verse 5 and 6).
So Jeremiah goes away and asks God for them…. and God commands them to:
1. Remain in the land.
2. Stop fearing the king of Babylon and TRUST GOD for their deliverance from him.
3. He also warns them NOT to go to Egypt in an effort to avoid war and hunger.
4. He tells them that IF they go to Egypt they WILL experience the very WAR and HUNGER that they fear.
And what do the people do ? when they are told this ?
1. They accuse Jeremiah of telling lies and NOT giving them the TRUTH from God. (Jeremiah 43:2-3)
2. They head straight for Egypt. (Jeremiah 43:7)
NOW WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT ?
After inquiring of the Lord and getting direction… they go ahead and do what they wanted to do anyway… because the Lord’s direction was not in agreement with their own plans.
But notice that …. it does not end there… while in Egypt they “resumed worship of the queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 44:17)…. because they claim that their distress only came upon them AFTER they stopped worshipping her (Jeremiah 44:18)
God was blessing them and they were thanking the “queen of heaven” for the blessings… so he brings much trouble and distress on them, so much that they forget about the “queen of heaven” for a while.
Now their wayward mind concludes these problems have come about because the “queen of heaven” is angry with them because they have stopped thanking and worshipping HER…. so they RENEW their IDOLATRY in an effort to recover the “former blessings”.
WHAT ABOUT YOU ?…. Are you playing with GOD ? …. seeking what YOU want by any means possible….. and taking the path of least resistance into modern day idolatry, hoping to get what YOU want ?
GOD’s WAY may appear to be HARD (even impossible) and you may NOT want to get that kind of direction…… but if you follow it, you will find BLESSING.
YOUR WAY may seem better to you…. but if you follow it…. demons have open season on you…. and before long you can’t tell right from wrong…. and you are serving the demons and in a total mess…. because without the blessing of GOD…. the demons just LOVE to make the lives of “God’s people” a NIGHTMARE existence….. the lives of backsliders and rebellious “children of God” are filled with MORE misfortune than the heathen who have never known GOD.
BUT…. OH THE JOY…. when the “children of GOD” REPENT and SUBMIT to GOD’s AUTHORITY….. do you need to do that today ?…. do you need to come back to God and make it right with Him ? ….. HE has promised to FORGIVE you… and even if you still have to go thru stuff… HE will be there to help you get through.
YOU can have the VICTORY over the world, the flesh and the devil…. once you are willing to OBEY the voice of the Shepherd…. no matter what obstacles may loom ahead or how fearful they may seem to you.