Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 51:15-58; 2 Kings 24:10-17; 2 Chronicles 36:10; 1 Chronicles 3:10-16; 2 Chronicles 36:11-14; Jeremiah 52:1-3a; 2 Kings 24:18-20a; Jeremiah 37:1-10
I read something today that reminded me of today’s culture. To be perfectly candid, it reminded me of myself.
Zedekiah son of Josiah succeeded Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim as the king of Judah. He was appointed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah.
Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to ask Jeremiah, “Please pray to the Lord our God for us.” Jeremiah had not yet been imprisoned, so he could come and go among the people as he pleased. –Jeremiah 37:1-4
Can you relate to this?
When things are going well, we plug our ears to the voice of the Lord, but when things start to go bad the first thing we do is go to a man or woman of God and ask for prayer.
I guess the Lord is use to our Schizophrenic tendencies.
I wonder how different our lives would be if we listened to the Lord constantly and allowed Him to lead us.
Zedekiah tendencies get in the way, but our God said:
We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. –Philippians 4:13
Thankfully we’re not living in the days of Zedekiah, we can say the name “Jesus” and He immediately hears us. We don’t have to ask someone to go to God for us.
Do we take advantage of that?
I remember a time in my life when the first thing I did when trouble knocked on the door was to call “someone” to pray. I wonder if the Lord thought to Himself—I’m right here, why didn’t you talk to Me about it.
I’m determined to overcome my Zedekiah tendencies. How about you?
Heavenly Father, forgive me when I ignore You. Forgive me when I try to take my life into my own hands. Thank you for loving me enough to correct me and teach me. Make me like You, Jesus.
In Your Name I pray. Amen and Amen!
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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 37:11-38:28; Ezekiel 1:1-3:15