Read: Jeremiah 37:1-38:28
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…to ask Jeremiah, “Please pray to the LORD our God for us.” Jeremiah 37:2-3
We see here the long slow fall of Jerusalem, which will ultimately come. King Zedekiah believed in God, even wanted to know what God said, but in the end he did what he wanted to do… and therein lay the struggle. He wanted to know what God was saying through Jeremiah, but He didn’t want to do what God instructed once he heard it.
King Z is not alone in his waffling. So often we believe in God, seek Him for guidance, then ignore the guidance when it doesn’t match up with what we want. Then when we get in trouble, we seek Him for guidance, and then don’t do what He says. Not a good pattern and it will eventually lead to destruction. We believe, but we want what we want more than what He wants. This is where faith breaks down and becomes really dysfunctional.
So many Christians believe in, worship and even love God, but when it comes to calling the shots, they are still in the drivers seat. Truth be told, there is only room for one Lord in our lives. Every Christian must come to the point in their life where they decide that God is God and they are not, and that what God says is what they are going to do. We call this surrender & Lordship.
I call it where the adventure begins and where faith gets real. Faith is so much more than church, and worship and belief. Faith is surrender, and in that surrender we find peace and life and the depth and meaning that we all long for.
So do you want to hear what God has to say? Great! But do you want to do what He wants you to do? Even better! Take some time right now and surrender whatever you are holding back to Him.
Heavenly Father – all to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all. All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.