We all do something that we regret later. Whether by stubbornness, proudness, impulsiveness or just plain wanting to do it. People can warn against the actions, yet we push through. Paul says in Romans 3:23 (KJV) that, ‘for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
But Johanan and the other proud men with him blatantly went against the will of God. They asked God’s will for them, then followed their own minds. They even took Jeremiah and all the people with them. They fled to Egypt to a city called, Tahpanhes. Please see the following website about this city and how scholars denied the invasion of Nebuchadnezzar ever took place, and the evidence found that it indeed happened as Jeremiah predicted: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/tahpanhes/
You see, God told Jeremiah to pick up great stones and to hide it in clay brick kilns at the entry of Pharaoh’s house. And all these proud men had to see Jeremiah do this. A brick kiln is a furnace in which bricks are baked or burned. These stones represents these men’s hardheartedness or hardheadedness. Because God declared onto them:
And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them. And when he cometh, he shall smite the land of Egypt, and deliver such as are for death to death; and such as are for captivity to captivity; and such as are for the sword to the sword. And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace. He shall break also the images of Beth–shemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire. Jeremiah 43:10-13 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.43.10-13.KJV
Have God told you to do something or to wait? Have you done as He has instructed you? Walking in obedience with God can be hard, especially if you do not know why you have to do something. It is only on reflection, after obeying, you’ll see the picture more clearly.
My prayer for you today, is that you will find the courage to follow, in obedience, the voice of God. May He strengthen your heart so that you don’t become weary in this time of obedience. #GodCanDoThis