2008-11-03 - Don't Aspire to be a Uriah
(Jeremiah 26:20-23, Hebrews 11:37)
Uriah had a willingness to be a spokesman for God.
Uriah prophesied that God would bring judgment onto Jerusalem. The Old Testament prophet was forthright in his speech, and warned the Jerusalem people about their fate. King Jehoiakim didn't appreciate Uriah's words, and he wanted him dead. Uriah had two choices: he could stand his ground or hide. Uriah chose the latter. He was afraid and began a life on the run, traveling to Egypt. The king's men found his hideaway and brought him back to the king. Jehoiakim killed Uriah with a sword, and disposed of his body in an unmarked grave.
Initially the prophet was brave in speaking Godly truth to the people of Jerusalem, but when opposition was closing in, Uriah swayed. He did not retract his statements, but he was still afraid, and showed it by escaping, instead of seeking the Lord's input.
It is good to remember Uriah, so we don't have the same fate as him.. He died for his obedience to fear. He did not act nobly, although as a prophet, he had a connection to God. With a possible death threat looming, Uriah didn't live up to his calling. Instead, he listened to and believed his fearful feelings, which cost him his life.
When life is in jeopardy, it seems logical that a person would become fearful, but instead of seeking God's advice on how the Lord can deliver him, Uriah took matters into his own hands. We should take a different approach, and believe that God is more than capable of protecting us than our own merits can. (see Psalms 12:5, 37:28-29, and 116:5-7) This fact should encourage us to stand our ground, and to know we don't have to be a Uriah and hide.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Lord, None of us wants to run out of steam before our goal is reached. I want to have a solid start similar to Uriah's, but that is where I hope we differ. I want to have a sturdy race with a flawless finish. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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