Imagine your country is at war with an enemy, say, Nigeria with Bokoharam.
Then suddenly, a self-acclaimed Prophet rises and declares that he has gotten a message from God. ” Surrender to Bokoharam, or the entire country will be destroyed,” Thus says the Lord.
Will you believe him? Your answer is as good as mine, I wouldn’t either.
But that was a similar scenario with Prophet Jeremiah and the people of Israel. Judah is at war with Babylon and “one so-called prophet” from Judah, who has never seen anything good about the land is saying he has heard from God. “Everybody, including the fighting soldiers, should surrender to the king of Babylon, else Judah will be burnt die, and people all will die”.
Isn’t God able to save anymore? Is he not the one who loves unconditionally and his “mercy endureth forever.”
Of course, just like me and you would have done, the people, especially the king official, do not believe him and they attempted to even kill him for that. The military commander has a genuine excuse ” he was discouraging the soldiers from fighting”.
What is my point here? Will God ever ask Nigeria to submit to Bokoharam? God forbid.
However, we see, when we read this thing in the Bible, we may be quick to judge and condemn the people in the Bible days, little did we know that these things play out in our everyday lives. And we are as guilty.
There are some battles in your life the Lord is saying “give up for now”. You knew you heard God, but that doesn’t just make sense.
How can you let go of this relationship you have invested so much? Even when God says it’s not the right one.
How will you quit trying to get that job, to prove to everyone that you are not a failure? Even you know that’s not what you should be focusing at the moment.
How can you move on from the ministry you have laboured to build? When heard the Lord saying, son, it’s over.
It doesn’t make sense to quit your job and plunge into the uncertain world of pursuing your real dream even when you know there’s no single iota of fulfilment in it.
We always look at ” Quit” as a negative word and “Surrender” as a sign of weakness. In this kingdom, the soldiers must learn to quit fighting when the commander-in-chief says so and Surrender all to him.
This is how we win the battle.