My Will Be Done
You are my Sovereign, my King, my Lord. Whether it makes sense or not, I have decided to go wherever You lead me.
What did the people's actions demonstrate?
Following the tragedy of Ishmael's massacre (41:4,8), the sole survivors seemed to have turned a corner, finally asking Jeremiah to find out what God wanted them to do (42:1-3). They painted a truly penitent picture with the sincerity of their words (42:6), but their hearts weren't in it (42:19-22). True evidence of repentance is not words but actions.
God spoke clearly, without ambiguity, to his people through Jeremiah, but they chose to willfully disobey his command (42:7-12). When God says, "Not that way, this way," how do you respond? "Sorry, Lord, You must be mistaken." "Can't quite hear You, Lord. Can You speak up?"
If we are committed to a certain decision, attraction, or direction, letting go of it or changing our mind can be hard to do. If our desire to hold on to something dominates our heart, what might this reveal about that thing and its place in our affections? We all face points in our lives when we want to say, "My will be done"--to be our own little deities in charge of our destiny. But what example does God ask us to follow?
What is God speaking to you about? How can you set yourself toward obedience? Step into it.
Lord, I do not want to be a person of empty words. May my life reflect a reality consistent with my declaration, "Jesus is Lord."
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