Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart. For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.
Isn’t that what we are doing when we refuse to listen to God? We’re just deceiving ourselves, convincing ourselves of a lie, closing our hearts to the truth of God. But what God says will happen no matter how it has to happen. The people of Judah were flat-out refusing to listen to God. They didn’t want to believe that captivity was coming. They didn’t want to accept this fate that had come upon them because of their sin. They didn’t want to believe that their cities would be destroyed and they would be taken from their homes.
But we can’t change what God has purposed to do. Even with an army of wounded soldiers, Jerusalem would be destroyed, because that is what God said would happen. No matter how much they fought against it, they weren’t going to change the outcome. They were never going to win that battle. They were only fooling themselves. They were only believing lies. They were only causing more trouble for themselves.
In these situations, the only thing we can do is surrender to God and stop resisting Him and His Word. We have to accept His will, even if it’s something we don’t want to happen. We have to let Him be God and do as He will and take our place beneath Him. Continually resisting God only builds up a harder and harder shell around our hearts that takes much more to be broken, that takes much more for God to get through to us.
God’s promises always come to pass, even if they are not what we want to happen. God’s Word never fails even if we don’t like what He’s saying. So are we going to resist Him? Are we going to deceive ourselves and try to call God’s bluff, or are we willing to submit? Will we surrender completely to God’s will, knowing we can trust Him always? Are we willing to accept what God says must be so instead of fighting Him to a bitter end?