A general of an army, his entire regiment and all the auxillary people come and ask Jeremiah, the prophet, what they should do.
"Please hear our petition and pray to the LORD your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do."Jeremiah 42:2-3
Jeremiah spends ten days in prayer, seeking the LORD regarding this matter.
He then tells them very clearly and precisely what God says.
Now, wouldn't you think the general and all the people would heed the prophet's words?
Well, guess what? They don't.
Why did they even ask Jeremiah to inquire of the LORD, spending ten days on his knees in humble supplication, if they weren't going to listen?
I'm wondering if I do this very thing.
Do I sit with my open Bible or at the feet of teachers who have spent hours--days--in prayer while seeking the LORD, only to listen to what they say and walk away unchanged?
It is one thing to act out of ignorance, but even more dangerous to act against what we know is God's will. We all ask for a sign, for a word, and then when it is not what we were fishing for, we walk away from it.
People prayed for centuries for the messiah to come, and when he did, they rejected and despised him.
If this is our common response to God's revelation to us, why even ask?