Going Your Own Way (by Beau Carpenter)

Jeremiah 44:15–17 – Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. 17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

Those who were following other gods were super hard hearted. They heard what Jeremiah said and then responded, we aren’t going to listen to you. You didn’t tell us what God said, we are just going to do whatever we say we want to do.

Their error was very evident in the last part of this passage, the were mistaken in thinking that a seemingly good situation meant that what they were doing was just fine. Here God is calling them to turn back to himself, yet their hearts are hardened and they continue their own way.

I want to have a heart sensitive to God’s word, I hope you will too!


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