Daily Devotionals

January 18, 2019: A Selfish Concern for God


Jeremiah 37:1-3 (NIV)
1  Zedekiah son of Josiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; he reigned in place of Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim.
2  Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the LORD had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.
3  King Zedekiah, however, sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah with the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: “Please pray to the LORD our God for us.”


Why are you seeking God?  Is it just to get him to do things for you?  Far too often people who appear to have a heart for God only have a heart for God so they can get God to do things for them.  Do not be deceived by someone’s apparent worship.  Open worship may only be a cloak for selfish motives.

Zedekiah did not care for the Word of the Lord unless it had something in it for him.  Zedekiah’s entire life had been spent in rejecting the Word of the Lord but now when things look bleak he sends for Jeremiah to see if God has anything to say to him.

Was Zedekiah really concerned for God or was he just looking out for himself?  It became clear to Jeremiah and others that Zedekiah only wanted to hear something good from God concerning himself.

Are you seeking God to advance his glory or do you only care about hearing good things from God?  It is a great question to ask for anyone.  Ask God to reveal to you your real reason for seeking Him and make the necessary adjustments in your life if you need to, to seek Him without any conditions.

John 17:3 (NIV)
3  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.