Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 14, 2017

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 44.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+44&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including all the women, “Hear the word of the Lord, all Judah who are in the land of Egypt, thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, as follows:  ‘As for you and your wives, you have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled it with your hands, saying, “We will certainly perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.”  Go ahead and confirm your vows, and certainly perform your vows!’  Nevertheless hear the word of the Lord, all Judah who are living in the land of Egypt, ‘Behold, I have sworn by My great name,’ says the Lord, ‘never shall My name be invoked again by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, “As the Lord God lives.”  Behold, I am watching over them for harm and not for good, and all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt will meet their end by the sword and by famine until they are completely gone.  Those who escape the sword will return out of the land of Egypt to the land of Judah few in number.  Then all the remnant of Judah who have gone to the land of Egypt to reside there will know whose word will stand, Mine or theirs.  This will be the sign to you,’ declares the Lord, ‘that I am going to punish you in this place, so that you may know that My words will surely stand against you for harm.’  Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I am going to give over Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt to the hand of his enemies, to the hand of those who seek his life, just as I gave over Zedekiah king of Judah to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who was his enemy and was seeking his life.’”  Jeremiah 44:24-30.

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Despite the word of the LORD regarding punishment, the remnant of Judah who had gone to Egypt to reside there thought they could do what they wanted without punishment from the LORD.  They thought they could reside in Egypt.  They thought they could burn sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.  

And, there are many today, despite the word of the LORD regarding punishment, who think that they can do what they want without punishment from the LORD. 

The LORD declared to the remnant of Judah who had gone to Egypt to reside there that they “… will know whose word will stand, Mine or theirs.”  Verse 28. 

“Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.”  Proverbs 19:21.

10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.”  Psalm 33:10-11.

“Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm chapter 2.

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