But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’ Jeremiah 18:12
There are many times that people will refuse to follow instructions that are good for them. They feel that they know what is best and will not agree to anything else.
During times of a great hurricane coming in the order to evacuate will be given because of the danger coming soon. Some will refuse to evacuate out of the stubbornness of their hearts and remain at home. When the hurricane hits, many are injured or killed because the refused to follow instructions of safety.
God had been warning the Israelites that He was getting ready to destroy them as a nation because of their sins of following false gods. He gave them opportunity to repent and stop the disaster, but they refused and continued in their sins.
The hearts of people have not changed over the centuries. God is still in the process of warning people of coming disaster. While the disaster today may not be a destruction of a nation, there is the coming judgement of God when Jesus returns to this earth.
There are times of great sickness and disasters upon this earth today. Death comes in great waves upon nations and people. Yet, while these things happen, people continue to live in sin and refuse to change and follow God. They follow the false gods of fame, fortune, self-pleasure, greed, vengeance, and more to please self, refusing to obey God.
Often there are many in the church who are just like the world. They continue to follow their own little self false gods outside of church, thinking they are doing ok.
Every believer and person, needs to follow God alone. They have to obey His plans and know that eternal judgment is coming.
Examine your own life and see if you are following God or some false gods. Ask yourself if you are obeying what God has commanded you to do or are you doing your own thing.
Do not let the stubbornness and selfishness of your heart win, causing you to continue to live in purposeful sin. Do not follow your own plans, but follow those of God.
Know that God’s plans for you are much better than anything you or this world can plan. His plans bring about eternal life. Yours and the world’s plans will bring only death and judgement.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s commands; that God will strengthen you to not follow your own heart; and that you will know the plans God has for you.