Gems 2015 — November 7 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 41-42

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 7 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 41-42

Food for Thought: Jer. 41:16-18; 42:1-7

The remaining people who survived the slaughter, shaken, went to Jeremiah for guidance, asking that he consult the Lord and tell them what to do. For fear of the Chaldeans, their plan was to slip into Egypt, but they wanted confirmation first (though they were later seen to be quite fickle when Jeremiah gave them instructions from the Lord that didn’t coincide with their plans). After they requested a word from the Lord through the prophet, there was a period of ten days before they heard anything from Him.

Despite what appeared to be a desperate, urgent situation, Jeremiah was not quick to come up with something to tell the people. He waited until the Lord gave him the word for the people. And sometimes we need to wait, too. Often, in an effort to influence someone or resolve quickly an issue, we speak what we think the Lord would have the person know as soon as our brains come up with something to say. And sometimes, indeed, the Lord gives us by His Spirit an instant “knowing” of what should be said or done. However, many times, it is better to wait, even if the person wants an answers now.

This is equally true when seeking an answer for ourselves. There is no hurry. We are not moved by our circumstances, but by His Spirit. This requires that we pray about it and wait in faith on the Lord. If we are patient, He will surely give an answer. It is never His desire for His children to be unsure or confused about the decisions they must make.

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him (Ps. 37:7ab).” Resist the urge to respond quickly. Take the time to pray about it and then leave it in God’s hands to reply with the perfect word in due season. (See Prov. 15:23.) It is well worth the wait.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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