We all love to hear good news, but we should never ignore bad news. We have reached the time Paul wrote about in 2 Timothy 4:3, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” New Living Translation

God warned me that my health was failing and I only had 6 months more to work. I prepared. God warned us the company where David worked for 30 years was going out of business. We prepared.

The Israelites loved to listen to the prophet Hananiah, because he prophesied good news, (see Jeremiah 28:2-4), but they were lies, (see Jeremiah 28:15). Those lies cost him his life, (see Jeremiah 28:17).

Hananiah’s Prophecy

Jeremiah 28:11, “And Hananiah said again to the crowd that had gathered, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Just as this yoke has been broken, within two years I will break the yoke of oppression from all the nations now subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.”‘ With that, Jeremiah left the Temple area.” New Living Translation

Jeremiah’s Prophecy

Jeremiah 28:14, “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, forcing them into slavery under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have put everything even the wild animals, under his control.” New Living Translation

I wonder how many more people would have survived if they had prepared for the worst? We are to hope for the best but prepare for the worst, even as Jeremiah did.

Jeremiah 28:6, “He said, ‘Amen! May your prophecies come true! I hope the Lord does everything you say…” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

Our hope is in You. We know You will take care of us in the days ahead. Show us how to prepare for the changes that are coming.

In Jesus Name,


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