Jeremiah 42* Johanan desires Jeremiah to ask counsel of God. (1-6) They areassured of safety in Judea, but of destruction in Egypt. (7-22)1-6 To serve a turn, Jeremiah is sought out, and the captainsask for his assistance. In every difficult, doubtful case, wemust look to God for direction; and we may still, in faith, prayto be guided by a spirit of wisdom in our hearts, and theleadings of Providence. We do not truly desire to know the mindof God, if we do not fully resolve to comply with it when weknow it. Many promise to do what the Lord requires, while theyhope to have their pride flattered, and their favourite lustsspared. Yet something betrays the state of their hearts. 7-22 If we would know the mind of the Lord in doubtful cases,we must wait as well as pray. God is ever ready to return inmercy to those he has afflicted; and he never rejects any whorely on his promises. He has declared enough to silence even thecauseless fears of his people, which discourge them in the wayof duty. Whatever loss or suffering we may fear from obedience,is provided against in God's word; and he will protect anddeliver all who trust in him and serve him. It is folly to quitour place, especially to quit a holy land, because we meet withtrouble in it. And the evils we think to escape by sin, wecertainly bring upon ourselves. We may apply this to the commontroubles of life; and those who think to avoid them by changingtheir place, will find that the grievances common to men willmeet them wherever they go. Sinners who dissemble with God insolemn professions especially should be rebuked with sharpness;for their actions speak more plainly than words. We know notwhat is good for ourselves; and what we are most fond of, andhave our hearts most set upon, often proves hurtful, andsometimes fatal.
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