In Jeremiah 43, we see the sovereign hand of God at work through people, places, and events. He is Lord over every life!
God of all, open my eyes so that I may see You as You are. Open my heart to know You, to worship You in spirit and truth.
How would God bring about his purposes in Egypt?
The further people's hearts have turned from God, the less afraid they are to rebel against him. The root of the Jews' rebellion was fear: they were more afraid of Nebuchadnezzar than of God. They were more impressed by the king of Babylon's power to punish them (3) than by God's ability to save them out of his hands (42:11). And although they had called Jeremiah a liar (2), they still took him along for the ride as their lucky charm or spiritual insurance policy (6,7).
What an evocative picture: under God's direction, Jeremiah buries some large stones at the entrance of, not just anybody's abode, but Pharaoh the king of Egypt's palace (8-10). The time had come for God's judgment to fall on Pharaoh and his people for the false gods they idolized, worshiping the created rather than the Creator (11-13; cf. Rom. 1:25). But God would do this in a shocking and confusing way (10). The servant whom God would use to enact the judgment was Nebuchadnezzar--a Gentile king, not a worshiper of the Lord. Here, as throughout the Bible, we see the sovereign hand of God at work through all people, places, and events.
Are there things today that you find difficult to accept from God? Talk to him about them now.
Lord, Your ways are not my ways. They often do not make sense to me. But You are Lord and I trust You. I will follow You.