There was a very interesting situation in Jeremiah’s life. Jerusalem was under siege. The Lord had told them that they would be carried away to Babylon. Then the Lord told Jeremiah to buy a field. Jeremiah did as the Lord instructed, though he did not understand.
He obeyed because he trusted the Lord. Yet he was perplexed so he prayed. Great example for us. He began his prayer by acknowledging God’s power. Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” At the end of his prayer he asked his question.
Verse 25 says, “And You have said to me, O Lord God, Buy the field for money, and take witnesses!–yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.” The Lord then explained exactly what He was going to do.
1 Samuel 15:22 says, “…Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.” An obedient heart is His delight.
Obedience is a heart response of absolute trust. The path of obedience is strewn with grace. When we have no clue of the ‘why’ God has told us to do something, our instant thought reveals our heart. Do we humble our heart by acknowledging He is God, or do we question why?
James 1:8 says that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Obedience is a singular mindset. It is a heart set on God first. Like Daniel, we purpose ahead of time to obey. David wrote Psalm 85. I love verse 11 and use it as a prayer. It says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.”
Let us echo David’s words for an undivided heart. The Lord is our Master and Divine Orchestrator. We can explicitly trust Him. He will never instruct us to do something without having prepared it in advance.