Daily Scripture

Jeremiah 38:20–21, 23

20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

21 But if thou refuse to go forth, …

23 … thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.

Sometimes the Lord asks us to do things we don’t understand or that don’t make sense to us. 

In Jerusalem, King Zedekiah asked Jeremiah what the Lord wanted him to do about the impending attack from Babylon. 

The Lord said, surrender and you will live. But if you try to fight, you will die. 

That counsel seemed counterintuitive. Shouldn’t they fight to save their lives?

We don’t always have the true perspective of the situation. So when we receive counsel, either collectively for the Church or individually through personal revelation or counsel from priesthood leaders, we should pray for confirmation that the Lord knows more than we do. And we should obey. We will always be blessed for the obedience. 

And the disobedience (because we don’t get it) can, and often does, harm us more. 

The Lord wants our happiness. When we don’t know anything else, we can always know that. 

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