One day a farmer´s donkey fell down into a well. Theanimal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried tofigure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal wasold and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it justwasn´t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt intothe well. At first, the donkey realized what washappening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone´samazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked downthe well and was astonished at what he saw. With everyshovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doingsomething amazing. He would shake it off and take astep up.
As the farmer´s neighbors continued to shoveldirt on top of the animal, he would shake it offand take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkeystepped up over the edge of the well and trottedoff. Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds ofdirt. The trick to getting out of the well, is toshake it off and take a step up. Each of ourtroubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of thedeepest wells just by not stopping, never givingup! Shake it off and take a step upward!
Obedience to God’s wordcan be very costly to youand to those around you.Jeremiah did not give into the pressure to tell folkswhat they wanted to hear.Obeying God was #1.
How does our desire tohear the message that wewant to hear sometimescause us to miss God’sbest for our lives?
Why do we sometimesthink we are outsmartingGod when we aredisobedient to Him?He will not rewarddisobedience.
What are some things inour age group that wouldtempt us to take the easyway out instead ofstanding strong in ourobedience to God?