You will understand that God is all you need when God is all you have.
In Jeremiah 42, the people left behind after Babylon took most of Judah captive come to Jeremiah seeking God’s will. They had just been betrayed and their leader assassinated, and many of them wanted to go to Egypt to seek safety. But before they left, they asked Jeremiah to find out God’s will for the choice they had to make. They went so far as to give their word they would obey God’s will, whether is be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee…” (verse 6).
To those who remained in the land, Jerusalem and Israel was the least safe place that they could possibly live at this point: no leader, enemies on every side, a city that was totally defenseless, their family and friends carried away into captivity. Yet Jeremiah returned to them with an unusual answer, “Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him; If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. Be not afraid of the king of Babylon… for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand” (vv. 9-11). Contrary to what made sense and seemed rational, God said they needed to stay in the land.
Faith often requires us to do that which makes little or no sense from our perspective. The children of Israel must have felt ridiculous while marching silently around the city of Jericho for six days, but when God tore down the walls on day 7, they saw that God always knows what He’s doing. Peter probably regretted saying he wanted to step into the water with Jesus when it came to actually getting out of the boat, but he was the only disciple that got to see how looking unto Jesus makes the impossible happen. No doubt people mocked Elijah for three times pouring water onto a sacrifice that was supposed to burned, but when the LORD brought down fire and consumed that sacrifice, no one was laughing or mocking anymore. In our passage of Scripture, the people thought it suicide to stay in Judah, but God gave them a clear commandment along with a sure promise. You see, where God guides, He provides; and He promised the remnant that if they stayed where He wanted them, He would not only protect them, but bless them incredibly!
But the people already had their minds made up. If you’ve read the previous blog post, they already had their minds made up about what they would do. They were basically trying to get God to conform to their will instead of being willing to conform to God’s will.
So often, we try to force Almighty, infinite God into this tiny box o what we think His will should be. Often these are not bad things, they just aren’t God’s perfect will. Settling for anything other than God’s will (no matter how good it may be), is simple rebellion. I’m afraid that many of us will never see God do amazing things simply because we are, like the people of Jerusalem, unwilling to put ourselves in a position of total dependency upon the Lord. Faith is a scary word to many because it implies a giving over of control. But Hebrews 11:6 says that “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” God rewards faith. He will not ruin the life of any individual that humbly lays down his or her life before Him and says, “This is 100% yours.” Don’t withhold anything in your life from God. He didn’t withhold even His only Son from us. When you finally decide to make yourself wholly reliant on the Great I AM, He will show you a life more incredible and full than any you could have imagined for yourself, but you must first surrender all.