Day 42: Jeremiah 41: 1-15
Ishmael son of Nethaniah and the ten men who were with him got up and struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, killing the one whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land (Jeremiah 41:2, NIV).
In chapter 40 we learned that Ishmael was going to assassinate Gedaliah and we see this now taking place in chapter 41. The problem with this is that Gedaliah also learned the plan of attack that was on his life yet he chose to ignore the warning. It’s always easy to ignore the warnings that are not pleasing to our ears but the reality is God will alert us to both the good and the bad. When we choose to ignore or disbelieve the bad we leave ourselves open to attack and unprepared. So often God will inform of us of a trap or a stumbling block that has been set in place but we choose to act as though God never said it. The truth is we believe the things that make us feel good and ignore the things that don’t sound good to us. We oftentimes want to ignore warnings from people and say that they are hating on us or that they have ill wishes for our life and then we’re all ready to rebuke them. However, everyone is not a hater; some people are actually telling you things for your good but you don’t want to listen. Then we get mad when it happens and we’re upset with God like He didn’t tell us that it would come to past. Take heed when people tell you things especially when it comes to warnings. Definitely use discernment as everyone is not qualified to speak over your life but don’t be so stubborn and hard headed that you ignore the warning and regret it later.