Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’
Remember the importance of being humble before God. To be open to the move of his spirit. Remember how much there is for you to learn, about his word and the world. Pray for a teachable spirit. That God would open your eyes. That you would be ready to receive his revelation, even when it might be surprising and unexpected.
While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Do you feel that you are in a prison? Bound by problems, circumstances, or challenges that seem too great? Do you feel inadequate and face people that seem beyond your capabilities? Remember that you serve Almighty God, and that he is more powerful than any person or problem you face. Don’t doubt, but call to him, in faith. He promises to answer “and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
The prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, and he said before all the people, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’ ” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.
In the situations you face, ask God to give you discernment, and the courage to wait for his direction. Be willing to be silent, and have the boldness to obey, regardless of the consequences. And make sure that you trust him to show you how to say or do. And be ready to act in his time, even if this means waiting.
If any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the Lord.
Remember that God looks at your heart in the situations you face. Be on guard against the poisoning influence of pride. Seek his will, and cry out for his wisdom. And don’t be surprised if he calls you to do things that may seem unexpected.
Though the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians, you, Sovereign Lord, say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.
Like Jeremiah, our focus should be on being faithful servants. People who aren’t perfect but who seek to serve him regardless of what others might think or say.
I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Pray for your city and your country. Pray for your leaders. And make a commitment to seek God with your whole heart! Expect his best! His word declares that he desires to prosper you.
You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.
Learn the importance of a personal relationship with God. Make it a priority to study his word. Don’t just make assumptions, but ask him for meaning. Seek his understanding. Pray for wisdom and discernment. And apply these truths in your relationship with others. As Jesus often said, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”