(Jeremiah 21:8-9, NCV)
Surrender! This was essentially the message given to the believers in Jerusalem from God. I'm sure it must have made little sense to them. Why would God want them to leave their city? This was the land that God had given to them. It was where they had raised their families, and where generations before them had also raised their families. It was where the temple was, and so it was where God was.
But God told them to choose: stay and die or go and live.
God sometimes presents us with options we don't like. They don't make sense and, sometimes, seem totally counterintuitive.
Like those early believers, God is destroying old ways for new ways. The coming exile would help the believers refocus their beliefs. If you read the other prophetic writing from this time, you will learn that the believers weren't behaving the way they were supposed to. In fact, at one point, God tells them they are worse than their non-believing neighbors. Ouch!
So what are the cities that God is asking me to abandon in my life? What things I have always done that somewhere along the line warped into something ungodly? I'm sure I can't fully investigate that in the five minutes I am spending here today, but I pray God always give me enough wisdome and faith to choose life.
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