Read: Jeremiah 21:1-14
“They said: ‘Inquire now of the Lord for us because Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is attacking us. Perhaps the Lord will perform wonders for us as in times past so that he will withdraw from us.'” Jeremiah 21:2
This small chapter in Jeremiah reveals a side of humanity that, if honest, most of us can admit to. When times are good, God is not the priority and is often put on the back burner. But when times get tough, we seek God and His help.
God had been warning His people. God had sent prophets to warn them. (Paraphrasing here) “You are going the wrong way, stop or I will punish you. Stop disobeying or I will give you over to your enemies.” Over and over, we have read of God’s warnings, and over and over again, we have seen His people continue in rebellion.
King Zedekiah knew the nasty Nebuchadnezzar was coming and in his fear he decided it was time to listen. After ignoring warnings and mocking prophets, Jerusalem’s leaders were desperate for God’s help. But, Zedekiah’s request for God to “perform” for them was not one accompanied by humility and repentance. It was just a desire to save his own skin. God knew the difference.
God doesn’t exist to make us comfortable and we do not have access to Him and His power simply in order to stay comfortable and safe. God wants a relationship with us, but our human tendency is to ignore that relationship when comfort and prosperity abound and only seek His face out of desperation. Oh, how I have been guilty of this! Have you?
God has made himself available to you in order to be in a relationship with you, not so He could bail you out when times get tough. If you are in a tough spot, use this time as a wake up call to your need for Him, but don’t stop when things get easy again. If you are in a calm spot in life right now, keep seeking Him and pursuing Him, not for what benefits He has to offer but simply to know Him.
Lord, may I praise you in suffering and pursue you in comfort. May I seek your face for the sole purpose of knowing you more fully. Purify my motives. Reveal areas of selfishness and make me more like you, today. In Jesus name, Amen.