Today's devotion from Jeremiah 42 & 43.There are always those who think they know better than others. However, it is a completely different matter to arrogantly believe oneself to be more knowledgable than God, which is exactly what happened. Think about it. They had enough faith that God used Jeremiah to run to him when they needed answers. They believed that God would give them a message through Jeremiah. In fact, they were so certain that they vowed to obey everything God told them through Jeremiah. Then they actually heard what God had to say.
The people again rejected God in favor of Egypt.
How many times have the Israelites tried to, or actually have, fled to Egypt when they had questions or uncertainty in their lives? Why? What is it about Egypt that allowed it to hold such a place in their twisted hearts? What was it about the Egyptians that caused the Israelites to trust the security of the chains that bound them in slavery instead of the God that had freed them to be His own?
Well, I think the same question could be asked today. Why do so many people run toward sin instead of freedom in our day and age? Creation is so corrupted that we mistakenly believe that we can somehow defy our Creator and, in doing so, fashion more desirable lives for ourselves than He. His response reveals the truth, "I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will place his throne on these stones that i have embedded, and he will pitch his pavilion over them." (Jeremiah 43:10, CSB) There is nowhere to run where God does not reign.
The people kept thinking that Egypt was their salvation, but God would prove that He is the King of Kings, commanding even pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar.
Even when forcibly led to Egypt, Jeremiah faithfully serves. Even hidden in the stronghold of pharaoh, the people cannot evade God.