SUMMARY: Revised plan
OVERVIEW: God promised to discipline King Zedekiah and Israel because they did not follow through on their commitment to free their slaves.
BIG IDEA: Obey God because he is worthy of obedience, not just when it benefits you.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 34:17 (Jeremiah to Israel)
Therefore, this is what the Lord says: “Since you have not obeyed me by setting your countrymen free, I will set you free to be destroyed by war, disease, and famine. You will be an object of horror to all the nations of the earth.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to follow me because you trust me, because you know my way is the right way, and because you love me. I want you to follow me because you know that I am reliable despite all the options before you. I know that sometimes it’s difficult to choose my way, especially when it appears like you can get ahead, or earn extra money, or get someone’s attention by choosing another path. But I always have your best interest in mind. Follow me.
Don’t follow me only when it’s convenient. If you want a relationship with me, you’ve got to trust me. When you are desperate and ask for my help—yet ignore me when the crisis is over—you’re simply using me. You’d be offended if a friend or family member treated you that way. Don’t do that to me. I invite you into a relationship. Walk with me, and I will guide you every day.
Commit to follow God, regardless of all that’s going on in your life. Proclaim your faith in God today through prayer and share that commitment with someone today.