There are different ways of asking questions.
"Is there any word from the Lord?" This is a question which invites Jeremiah to speak the Word of the Lord.
In Genesis 3:1, we have a very different way of asking questions - "the serpent ... said to the woman, Did God really say ... ?"
The "ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan" (Revelation 12:9) is always trying to get us to stop believing the Word of God.
"Is there any Word from the Lord?" - Jeremiah's answer is "Yes" (Jeremiah 37:17).
was the Word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah at that time? - "You will
be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon" (Jeremiah 37:17).
are we to do when God's Word doesn't say what we had been hoping to
hear? - We must refuse to ask the Satanic question, "Did God really
say?" We must learn to say, from the heart, "This is the Word of the
It's not our place to say what the Word of God should say
to us and what it should not say to us. Our response must always be,
"Let it be to me according to Your Word" (Luke 1:38); "Your Word is
truth" (John 17:17).
We're not to set up as those who have the
right to keep on asking the Satanic question: "Did God really say?"
We're to bow before the Word of the Lord, which says to us, "This was
not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven"
We must take care that we don't get drawn into
the way of the foolish man who builds his life upon the shifting sands
of human opinion. There is a better way than that. It's the way of the
wise man who builds his life on God's revelation: "Everyone who hears
these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24).
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