Today you should read: Jeremiah 35
When I think about some past failures or mistakes in my life, I realize that many of them could have been avoided had I listened to some wiser people. For example, my youth pastor encouraged me to go into ministry during my junior year of high school. I thought it could be something I wanted, but I wasn’t going to pursue anything like that until baseball was over. Well, two years later and two surgeries later (both from baseball), I realized God was leading me into ministry and showing me that life isn’t all about baseball. God was directing my path, even though I was being disobedient by putting baseball before Him.
Can you think of any times in your life where you didn’t listen to the wisdom of someone and you learned a hard lesson because you did it your way?
Well, Jeremiah 35 gives us a biblical example of this. The Rechabites do not drink wine or build houses because their ancestor (Rechab) told them not to (v. 6-11). Because of this, God blessed them (v. 18-19). In contrast to them, the Israelites have not been disobedient to following the wisdom and instruction from God (v. 13-14). God had sent them prophets (v. 15) and yet, they still did not listen. Because of this, they received punishment (v. 17).
Take a minute and ask God: God, what are you commanding me to do? How can I be a more obedient follower of yours? What wisdom of yours have I not listened to?
After praying this prayer, listen for answers. Listen for wisdom from God, your discipler, and whoever else invests in you spiritually.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Associate
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