Do you ask the Lord what to do or do you ask Him to bless what you have already decided to do?

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.05.2019 – Old New Testament: Jer 42.4–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 40–42 on November 5, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

Some people approached Jeremiah, asking him to petition the Lord for them, and promising that they would accept whatever the Lord said,

Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard. Indeed, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your words, and it shall be, that whatever the LORD answers you, I will declare it to you. I will keep nothing back from you.” So they said to Jeremiah, “Let the LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the LORD your God sends us by you. Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.”

– Jeremiah 42.4–6

Jeremiah did as they requested and came back with the word of the Lord, and they did not like what the Lord had to say. Therefore, they did not do it, although they had promised to do it.

You get the impression that they had actually already made up their minds on what they were going to do, and they just wanted the Lord to bless their decision, but they made it sound as though they were open to whatever the Lord wanted.


  • Do you decide then ask the Lord what to do?
  • Do you pray often enough so that you can pray about matters before you need to make a decision?

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