Before we get to the verses for the day let us consider what has led up to this point.

Jerusalem has fallen, the temple destroyed, the poor of the land, along with the prophet Jeremiah have been left in the land by Nebuzaradan (39:11-18).  The people have come to Jeremiah asking him to pray to the LORD (Jeremiah 42:1-3), with the promise of what ever the LORD says, that we will do.  The following is what the LORD has told Jeremiah…

“And it happened after ten days that the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah. Then he called Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, and said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition before Him: ‘If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you. Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the LORD, ‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand. And I will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’” Jeremiah 42:11-12 (NKJV)

There is an “If” in those words from God.  In other words it is conditional upon their obedience to the word of God spoken through the prophet.  I am sure the prophet Jeremiah; when the people first approached him to pray for God’s direction for them; must have thought, “They have not listened before.  What is different now?”  I know that would have been my thought.

Listen people: If you do not hear God, and obey Him when things are good; then most likely you will not when things turn against you; when your health goes to no good, when your finances go belly up.  God does not want to be our spare tire.

This thought proves to be so with the people of Jeremiah’s day.  They asked about God’s will; heard God’s will; but rejected it.  If you want to read more go ahead and read Jeremiah 43.  They ended up dragging the prophet to Egypt in their rebellious state, and those that did so would have the very thing they had feared come to pass.

So will we; if we fail to hear and obey God.

The greatest thing that can happen to a member of Adam’s race is for us to call on the name of the Lord Jesus (Son of God, God the Son) who bled and died on the cross, was buried – carrying away all our sin, shame, guilt, condemnation; and then rising from the dead giving those who believe in Him everlasting life.  Look What the LORD Will Do for you.

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