“I will raise up… a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely…. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.”
You might as well give up! Have you ever heard a discouraging little voice like that in your head? Or maybe it has been this one: The Christian life is too hard. You’ll never measure up. I suspect that all of us have felt so accused at one time or another.
The prophet Jeremiah once indicted the shepherds of the Lord’s flock for failure and for bearing the responsibility of scattering the people. But he also promised fruitfulness and increase, freedom from fear and want. How would God accomplish this? Not difficult at all for Him!
It is a discouraging prospect, indeed, if all depends on us and our righteousness. How could we ever gain God’s kingdom on the merits of our own unworthy efforts? The little voice whispering, You’ll never measure up, sounds convicting.
Praise God that He who is our righteous Branch and King at the same time is certain to answer our failure with His own perfect record on our behalf. Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, will lead you in all the paths of righteousness because of Himself.
If you “feel” Him “leading” down a path pointing to destruction, that is not the leading of Jesus. Run the other way!