Jeremiah 21:2“Inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.”
“And to this people you shall say: Thus says the Lord: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live and shall have his life as a prize of war.”
It appears King Zedekiah believes that when he asks a Prophet of God to pray for God to give them victory over an enemy attacking them, it will come to be, regardless of the way he and the people have been living.
Because they are living in Jerusalem, the City of God, King Zedekiah believes God will protect His city. God is more interested in the people turning to Him, so He gives them His plan for saving their lives, not for the brick and mortar of the city.
Rather than calling upon God, repenting, and asking Him to help us clean up the mess in our lives, do we ask God to clear the mess around us so we can continue living as we were?
In these days, as a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, do we consider our lifestyle, our thoughts, our words, our actions, before we pray, asking God for help, to clear up messes we may find ourselves in?
it is the desire of God that we keep our bodies, our lives, our Temples of the Holy Spirit clean and pure, more than sitting in services amongst Believers, looking the part of a Christ Follower, but not truly following or desiring to follow.
Why should we expect God to answer in the way we do expect, what right do we have?
God did give them a choice, stay where they were in the life they were living and die, or surrender to the Chaldeans and live. It may not seem like much of a choice, but let’s consider it.
If they stay in the city and fight, they have a guarantee of death, because the Chaldeans are stronger, mightier, and outnumber them. They also die not living in God’s way, the way of life they knew and were called into.
If they surrender, even though prisoners of the Chaldeans, they are still alive. Mainly, they are able to get their lives straightened out with God again.
God did not give up on His people, even though they shut Him out of their lives, He is God of second chances.
Each of us have a choice to make. Live our life serving and worshiping Jesus Christ, or following the ways of the world, the sinful ways we were born into. Attending every service with Christ followers, if we are not living a Christ following life, may fool people, but we cannot hide the truth from God.
Each of us has to make that personal decision, admit we are sinners, repent of our sin, ask Jesus to forgive us, and lead us in the life He has planned for us. If we are serious, Jesus will always accept and answer that prayer gladly.
As God spoke through the Prophet, Jeremiah, “Thus says the Lord: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death”, that is still spoken today.
A life with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, even with struggles, is better than the death, eternity without Christ, that will be experienced by all who do not accept Him.