Help us, Lord, to listen to all that You say to us – and not ‘only hear what we want to hear’!

Jeremiah 37:1-21
‘Is there any Word from the Lord?’ – ‘Yes! There is a Word from the Lord.’ Lord, Your Word wasn’t exactly what the king wanted to hear – ‘You will be handed over to the king of Babylon’ (Jeremiah 37:17). You were going to bless Your people – but they would have to be patient: Things were going to get an awful lot worse before they would get much better! Before their restoration – “I will bring them back and restore them to this place’, Your people faced captivity – ‘They will be taken to Babylon.’There was bad news – a captivity of  ‘seventy years.’There was good news – the captivity wouldn’t last forever (Jeremiah 37:27:22; 29:10-11)! Lord, You speak of Your blessing – ‘It will certainly come’, but You also say, ‘Wait for it’ (Habakkuk 2:3). Help us to listen to all that You say to us – and not ‘only hear what we want to hear’!

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