Levi Smith – High School Pastor
It’s hard to see. No matter what era you live in, it’s incredibly hard to see what God is doing, or going to do. The people of Judah are blinded to what God is telling them through the prophet Jeremiah because of their fear of Babylon. But, don’t be so hard on them. Ask yourself honestly, would you be any different? Babylon had overtaken their country, forced many of their families into exile, and allowed only the poorest of the poor to stay under the rule of Gedaliah. Gedaliah is killed by another leading official of Judah’s former king Jehoiakim, Ismael. So, Johanan decides to take a group away from the violence that is surely approaching from Babylon. The power struggle is not on the news for these people to watch in horror, but turnover of rulers every couple of months isn’t something people can miss easily, even without a 24-hour news station. This group stops and seeks guidance from Jeremiah the prophet, saying they will follow the Lord’s command. But, they don’t. It’s easy to get ticked at the people of Judah for not following God’s commands, but try your hardest to put yourself into that scenario.
When life is hardest, we turn to God for help. But, if I am really honest with myself, I know that I don’t listen to God when the heat is really on. I start making choices based on my view of the situation, not by how God tells me to do things.
I take short cuts when I should do things accurately.
I make excuses instead of owning my part.
I put my perceptions over God’s commandments.
Ultimately, I struggle.
Here is the big difference in people who choose to follow Gods commands and those who don’t. Those who follow believe that God’s word will stand in the end, and they will never be disappointed.
Those who don’t will find out that God’s word will stand in the end, and will wish they had their feet planted on the Rock.
Let’s get our feet planted on a Rock that won’t move.
This song comes to mind.