Jeremiah 27

Jeremiah gives a word picture to the kings and people in chapter 27.  God has him make a harness and yoke and put it on as he tells them the coming truth – that they need to get under the authority of Nebuchadnezzar and live that way for a few generations.  The message Jeremiah proclaims was strong and had to be somewhat less than acceptable to the other priests and leaders – he pretty much tells the kings and people to ignore anything they have to say because “they’re telling you lies, preaching lies”.  I wonder how Jeremiah stays alive actually.  He consistently has a difficult message to give to the people from God.  “Don’t for a minute listen to all your prophets, and spiritualists, and fortunetellers, who claim to know the future”.  These guys were just making it up – they didn’t have any word from God at all. 


But the clincher for me today is God’s statement: “I’m the one who made the earth, man and woman, and all the animals in the world. I did it on my own without asking anyone’s help and I hand it out to whomever I will”.  There is no other source of truth or knowledge that compares to God.  He created us, He created this world and put it where it is today.  He didn’t need anyone to help Him then, nor does He need any help today.  He is the great I AM.  He alone is in control.  It is not about me, and my dinky little plans, it is about Him and His grand plan.  My entire life needs to be focused on lining up with and getting into His harness and yoke so I am working with Him.  See what God is up to and join Him in that.  Such great advice from Henry Blackaby.  God alone is in control.  The minute I begin to think that for one second I have any real impact, I become a fool just like these prophets in Jeremiah’s time.  God is the one who put the sun and stars in the sky, created the animals and even me.  I need to keep Him in His rightful place, on the throne of my life!

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