Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us” (Jeremiah 42:5 NIV).
The Babylonians had swept through Israel and taken the majority of the people as captives. They left a remnant behind. These people were told by God that they should be fruitful in the land and He would bless them. But in their heart of hearts, they wanted something else.
They called the prophet Jeremiah and asked him to speak to the Lord on their behalf. They claimed to be willing to listen and obey the word of the Lord.
“Let the Lord be a true and faithful witness” … oh the irony! The same God who kept His side of the covenant that had been made with the children of Israel even though they had broken it (Jeremiah 31:32). This was the same God that they were now slyly implying is incapable of being faithful.
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Once again the children of Israel were pledging to do all that God had asked them to do. Funnily enough, that the same thing they said before God gave them the Ten Commandments.
Did anyone else notice how they said “your God”? It’s almost as though they were acknowledging that they were not in line with the true God and did not deserve to claim Him as their own.
How It Applies to Us
Like the Israelites we sometimes question God. “If he were faithful this would not happen.” Or, “If he were truly God then I would have these things.
We need to be careful how we thumb our noses at the Almighty God. God always keeps his promises. Always. We, his children, need to learn from him how we can be faithful as well.
Father, forgive me for casting doubt on your faithfulness. Teach me to keep my word as you do. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Have you ever accused God of being unfaithful? How has God proven his faithfulness to you?