Jeremiah 21:1 - 4
1. This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the LORD. This was when King Zedekiah of Judah sent Pashhur son of Malkijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah. They brought a message for Jeremiah.
2. They said to Jeremiah, "Pray to the LORD for us. Ask him what will happen. We want to know, because King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is attacking us. Maybe the LORD will do great things for us, as he did in the past. Maybe he will make Nebuchadnezzar stop attacking us and leave."
3. Then Jeremiah answered Pashhur and Zephaniah. He said, "Tell King Zedekiah,
4. 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: You have weapons of war in your hands that you are using to defend yourselves from the Babylonians and their king. But I will make those weapons worthless. "'The army from Babylon is outside the wall all around the city. Soon I will bring that army into Jerusalem.
Jeremiah warned the people that Jerusalem would be destroyed, but the city leaders refused to believe him, and mocked him. King Zedekiah turned to God, and asked for His help, but he was not prepared to accept God's warnings and to repent for his own sins.
Similar to King Zedekiah and the people from Jerusalem, we often expect God to help us in times of distress, but we're not willing to honor Him in times of prosperity. God wants to have an everlasting relationship with His children.
Are you busy building a lasting relationship with Him; or are you using Him to evade your problems? How would you feel if your friends and family only recognized you as a temporary source of help?
Praise and honor our King in all things; good or bad!