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WRONG WAY
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Sunday, Nov 06, 2022

I will go my own way anyways…


Jeremiah 42:2"Please let our petition come before you, and pray for us to the LORD your God, that is for all this remnant; because we are left but a few out of many, as your own eyes now see us,”


With lot of expectations, during my initial days after salvation, I went to attend a prayer meeting of a prophet not to hear prophecy but to hear the Word of God.  However, when the man of God walked up the pulpit he said:’ I am fed up of preaching the Word of God with passion and burden, after 6 months when I come back to the place where I preached, I find them worse than before’, therefore, I have decided not to preach.  Having come from a simple Christian background, I was alarmed with such bold, frank  words from the prophet; nevertheless, he said I will be sharing my testimony.  God did a miracle, I was touched by his testimony, God moved in our midst and I surrendered my life to Christ for full time ministry and never went back on my word.


HYPOCRISY:  Is it not true that people who speak volumes at the altar and surrender their lives turn utter cold shortly after the heat of the meeting subsides??  Despite hearing million sermons, people go their own way, anyways…..This is our point of discussion today, coming back to the scripture that we have taken for meditation today, the petition from the people looks very innocent, emotional and genuine; they also did not stray here and there but straight came to the right prophet for advice; however, if your spiritual eyes look further than the outer layer, we can see how shallow and superficial it is.  Look at the words, “pray for us to the LORD your God.” Not our God but your God,  did not the Word say that bad tree is known from its fruits. Matthew 7:17” bad tree bears bad fruit.” At some point people blurt out something and thus expose their wickedness.  This shows downright hypocrisy!


b)    TRUSTING IN CHARIOTS AND HORSES IS VAIN:

There was tremendous danger for the people of God, so verse 42:1 starts like this: all the commanders of the forces, Johanan the son of Kareah, Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people both small and great approached Jeremiah.”


They approached Jeremiah alright;  but they had already determined their hearts to go to Egypt.  The people trusted in wrong leaders, the leaders gave in to fear rather than trust God, the wicked hearts of the people said ‘Lord, Lord….but their hearts trusted in Chariots.” That reminds me of the words of Jesus: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?(Luke 6:46) “’These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.(Matthew 15:8). Trust God and His ways today!



 

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