“…Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before Him; ‘If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent Me of the evil that I have done unto you. Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.” Jeremiah 42:9-12 (KJV)
The people left behind in Jerusalem following Nebuchadnezzar’s taking of the land and the people were given freedom to live and make their way in their land. They were fearful, however, and thought that Neby just might go against his word and come back and destroy them.
These people of Judah go to Jeremiah to seek the LORD for them concerning what to do about staying in the land. Get this; they already had their minds made up that they were going to go to Egypt. After all they were afraid. They wanted safety. They wanted to eat. They wanted what everybody else wants – to no longer be afraid.
How many times have we gone to God with our prayers for guidance, with our minds already made up; then, we hear Him giving us guidance another direction; but our minds have been set already?
The LORD has His people’s best good in His heart. He knows better than you or me what is best for us.
Be sure to read all of Chapter 42.