There is an interesting account in Jeremiah chapter 42. If it wasn’t such a serious matter, the results could almost be rather comical. The nation of Judah had been taken over by the Babylonians, which Jeremiah had warned about for many years to no avail, and there was utter chaos in the country. Many of the people and their leaders came to Jeremiah and asked him to go to the Lord to see if they all should flee to Egypt. They seemed to be serious about this and said, “Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us.” On the basis of their sincere request Jeremiah went to the Lord and inquired. After 10 days the Lord spoke to him and he went to the people with His answer. “If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt and go to sojourn there…the sword and the famine shall follow after you there in Egypt and ye shall die.” Now, that’s pretty clear direction. But the response of the people is astounding, “Thou speakest falsely; the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there”.

Often we look at events in the Old Testament and wonder how those people could be so dense. But Jeremiah’s day is not unlike our day. He warned of impending judgement for many years. Almost no one listened but judgement came in the form of the Babylonian army. Warnings are all around us today about the evils of abortion, homosexuality, political agendas educational focus and many more. These come from sincere men of God and yet, who is listening? We can somewhat understand when unregenerate man ignores God but today many nominal Christians are going about business as if there are no guidelines from the Lord as to how we should conduct our lives, pursuing earthly things and paying no attention to what the Lord is saying. The fact is that whether we choose to disobey what He is clearly saying or choose not to hear what He is saying by focusing on things of this world, makes no difference, the result is the same and there are consequences

The people of Judah went to Egypt and they all died there. We must all ensure that we do not go to Egypt even in the slightest things; like attitude, devotions, prayer, giving and a helping hand for those who hurt. We must be obedient to the written as well as the living word, be quiet and still enough to be led by the Holy Spirit and then boldly proclaim it. Can we all say that we are faithful in those areas?

Ready to speak, ready to bear,
Ready with heart and brain;
Ready to stand where He sees fit,
Ready to bear the strain. (Ready to Do His Will)