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Indecisiveness is a sign for lack of faith, for faith by definition is to be certain about what we don’t see. King Zedekiah is a perfect example of such truth.
Zedekiah was made king over what’s left of Judah after Nebuchadnezzar besieged the city of Jerusalem (Jer 37:1). He was the son of the good king Josiah, and he witnessed the consequences of rebellion against the LORD by his three predecessors. He seemed to know the LORD, for he asked Jeremiah to pray to the LORD “our God” (37:3). Furthermore, he declared to the prophet in private that “the LORD who has given us the breath” (38:16). He knew and respected Jeremiah as a prophet of the LORD, and he prevented him from being killed by others in three occasions (37:17, 38:10, 24). Twice he wanted to know what the LORD had to say about the nation of Judah (37:17, 38:16), and he seemed genuinely concerned by the prophecy.
However, Zedekiah could not humble himself before the LORD. Although he recognized the power of the LORD, he could not put his faith in God when he was attacked by the Chaldeans. Instead, he looked for help from neighboring Egypt (37:7). Although he dared not kill God’s prophet himself, he was not about to sacrifice his own life to protect him either (38:5). Although he was eager to hear the word of the LORD, he was too concerned about his own safety and the power of men to follow what God wanted him to do (38:19). At the end, his life ended in gruesome manner (52:10-11). I pity this last king of Judah, for he had the knowledge of right from wrong but lack of guts to walk the right path. He feared the Babylonians and his own people, but he did not fear the One who controlled his life. As a result, his life was miserable and his death was tragic.
We are unlikely to experience this kind of drastic outcome in our generation, but the lesson is valid all the same. Standing by our belief in the midst of doubts and sufferings is what faith is all about, and we won’t need faith if everything is smooth and rosy. On the other hand, being indecisive and continuously giving into temptations is a sign for lack of true faith. Let us heed the biblical warning of the Zedekiah story.
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