Please inquire of the Lord on our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us; perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, so that the enemy will withdraw from us. – Jeremiah 21:2
The leaders of Judah, under siege by the armies of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, sent a request to the prophet Jeremiah. They asked if he might intercede on their behalf with God.
To their credit, they knew where to go for help. The enemies were at the gate. All hope was lost. Death was at their doorstep. They needed divine intervention and they hoped that God’s messenger and mediator, as a last resort, would bring deliverance. Sadly, and devastatingly, they did not comprehend the depths and consequences of their own disobedience.
These leaders had no desire to experience the presence of God, yet still coveted his protection and blessing. They wanted God to save them, from a distance. Jeremiah let them know that there would be no help coming, no deliverance, only judgment in the form of death and/or exile.
We should never expect the blessings of God apart from obedience. This is at best blind ignorance, at worst, willful disrespect, and a lesson always difficult in the learning.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing. – C. S. Lewis