Week 15 Friday

What You Want To Hear

Today’s scripture selection: Jeremiah 12-16

Key verse: Jeremiah 14:14

It’s a common ailment: wanting someone to tell you what you want to hear.

It’s human nature – the desire to have our opinions ratified; to be assured that we are “right” about what we believe about ourselves, others, and our world.

So it comes as no surprise that the people of the prophet Jeremiah’s day wanted to have soothsayers who would tell them everything was just fine: false prophets.

But the Lord told Jeremiah this:

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name.  I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them.  They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.’”

The “delusions of their own minds” – that about sums it up.

But lest we think this is not a problem in our own day, think again.  People all over the place are still suffering from the affliction.  They want their friends, or employer, or politicians, or clergy, or family members or therapists to basically tell them what they want to hear.

But we are called to a higher standard.

We are supposed to seek God’s truth – whatever it is.

And the good news?  The truth – that truth – will set you free.

We may not always be comfortable with what God has to say to us about our life situation and our life choices.  But if we follow His counsel – and not the delusions of our own self-appointed soothsayers – we will find life.

Prayer: Lord, give me a discerning heart and mind to know truth from falsehood – whatever its source.  AMEN.

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