1 “Destruction is certain for my rebellious children,” says the LORD. “You make plans that are contrary to my will. You weave a web of plans that are not from my Spirit, thus piling up your sins. 2 For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt to find help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh for his protection. 3 But in trusting Pharaoh, you will be humiliated and disgraced. 4 For though his power extends to Zoan and Hanes, 5 it will all turn out to your shame. He will not help you even one little bit.”
Look how they responded to God:
10 They tell the prophets, “Shut up! We don’t want any more of your reports.” They say, “Don’t tell us the truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. 11 Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your ‘Holy One of Israel.’ We are tired of listening to what he has to say.”
The life of a prophet is not an easy one. The people’s response must have been the ultimate frustration. They blatantly admit they no longer want to hear the truth. They want lies. They just want someone to say things to make them feel good.
Does that remind you of anyone in today’s culture?
- “I don’t want to hear about the consequences of sin – just tell me about God’s grace.”
- “I don’t want to hear about tithing or giving, but could you do that ‘God has plans to prosper me’ thing again?”
Well, here’s what God says is coming for those with that kind of attitude:
12 This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel: “Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in oppression and lies, 13 calamity will come upon you suddenly. It will be like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down. 14 You will be smashed like a piece of pottery – shattered so completely that there won’t be a piece left that is big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well.”
The good news is like the rest of this chapter. God will come to your rescue and bless if you turn from your complaining and turn back to the truth. If you turn back to Him, he will shower you with love and compassion.
Thank You, God, that You love me too much to just leave me on my own. Thank You for Your discipline and concern for my growth.