SUMMARY: The yoke
OVERVIEW: God had Jeremiah wear a yoke and send messages to King Zedekiah, the priests and the people, and the kings surrounding Judah. He warned them that they would come under the yoke of Babylon.
BIG IDEA: Choose to live under God’s authority and find true life.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 27:5 (God to local kings)
With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When you do not follow me, I will give others, even non-believers, the authority to lead and control you. You will have to learn to submit to me by submitting to them. But if you are ready and willing to seek me and obey, I will instruct you. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. I did not say it would be easy to be in a relationship with me, but it will be beneficial, and I will always supply all you need.
But do not be deceived by the false teaching in the world. Some will sound good, and all will appear convincing, but only follow me and my message. Learn to discern what is true and what is not. The false prophets of the world will be held accountable. Do not give them the satisfaction of your obedience. Listen to me and follow my instructions for life.
The only yoke you want to wear connects you to God. Let God lead you and stay under his authority. Evaluate your choices today by asking, “Is this consistent with what God wants me to do?”