There was a new King of Judah,
set in place by
as he set about taking captive
only the finest treasures to Babylon,
leaving behind the scraps.
uncertain times at best.
Zedekiah was twenty-one years old
when he became king, and
he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.
He did evil in the sight of the Lord his God,
and did not humble himself
before Jeremiah the prophet,
who spoke from the mouth of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 36:11-12 NKJV
And things were not really
going so well for' King Zedekiah.
But neither he nor his servants,
nor the people of the land,
gave heed to the words of the Lord
which He spoke by the prophet Jeremiah.
Isn't that about the time
you'd love to be Jeremiah
and whip out a big taste of...
"I told you so?"
But we know that's not quite
what God would have us do.
Zedekiah the king sent the priest,
to the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
“Pray now to the Lord our God for us.”
Really... now, pray?
I guess, it's better than never.
And the Lord, in His mercy, responded
to the King's heart with His word.
So He sent Jeremiah
with advice as to who the king
should trust, and who he should not
in a political situation.
But this to be certain,
was His wisest piece of advice...
Thus says the Lord:
Do not deceive yourselves...
Jeremiah 37:9 NKJV
For how often do we
spend too much time reasoning,
thinking upon, wondering and pondering.
Until we find ourselves, like this king,
in a hot little mess.
And then we seek the Lord in prayer.
When the first piece of advice
we should have followed was...
Do not deceive yourselves!
Meaning... do not listen to that lie
inside yourself telling you
that you are smart enough,
to solve our own problems.
maybe I should just speak for myself.
I am not smart enough
to solve my own problems.
There I said it.
I am not smart enough.
I can reason and think,
worry and ponder.
But I will never conjure up
the best solution.
Not without God.
When I am needing wisdom,
I need God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
He will show us the straight
and direct way to go
when we lean on and trust
completely in Him.
Does that mean I'm weak.
Well, yes... and no.
I am weak, in that I'm human
and not able to see into the future.
I am strong, in that I am confident
to admit my limitations
and know where I end and He begins.
And I am able to stand firm
in my convictions
and have the faith that He
will fill me with understanding
for the future and guide me
in the right path to take.
That to be certain is how
I can not deceive myself.
By not listening to only my thoughts
or those of other humans.
I need to listen
to the perfect thoughts and ways
of the most holy God.
Word of God
train me, today...
To be humble to admit my limitations
and know when I am in need of Your wisdom.
To be open to Your wisdom
and willing to lean fully on You.
To give You the glory and praise
for all goodness that shines forth in my life.
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