Jeremiah 42:Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan son of Kareah and Azariah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, approached 2 the prophet Jeremiah and said, “Be good enough to listen to our plea, and pray to the Lord your God for us—for all this remnant. For there are only a few of us left out of many, as your eyes can see. 3 Let the Lord your God show us where we should go and what we should do.”… 6 Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, in order that it may go well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.” 7 At the end of ten days the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.
v.7 “At the end of ten days the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah”. Ten days. I don’t know why but that sounds like a long time to me. We’re not told what Jeremiah did for those ten days but I’m guessing there was fasting and praying involved. Ten days of it. Have you ever fasted and prayed for ten days? Me neither. I have done this for perhaps 2-3 days but not ten. That said, even with a shorter fast I have experienced a heightened sense of awareness of God.
This morning I’m with a cohort of leaders/friends/colleagues learning the practice of adaptive leadership. Today is my day to share the progress I’ve made implementing actions planned during our last meeting in May. I pray the Lord will give me ears to hear as he speaks through my colleagues who will offer both support and challenge.
Lord speak for your servant is listening. Amen.