“First here, then there—you flit from one ally to another asking for help. But your new friends in Egypt will let you down, just as Assyria did before. In despair, you will be led into exile with your hands on your heads, for the Lord has rejected the nations you trust. They will not help you at all.” Jeremiah 2:36-37
A fourth indication of Judah’s irresponsibility was her fickle foreign policy. She was constantly changing her ways in her dealings with other nations. Yet she would find that any new alliance with Egypt would be just as disappointing as her past alliance with Assyria the LORD had rejected these nations so Judah could not be helped by them.
In its attempt to keep peace with its neighbors, Judah had flitted between Egypt and Assyria, both of whom would ultimately disappoint Judah. The description in verse 37 is that of prisoners of war, their hands tied above their heads, being led away captive. Any decisions we make that are contrary to God’s plan will lead to bondage, because only the truth can set us free “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32). The Babylonian army would eventually overrun the land, take Jerusalem and destroy it, and lead the people away into captivity. Was there any way Judah could escape the coming wrath? Yes, repent and turn to God.
“If we falter in our leadership, we may endanger the peace of the world and we shall endanger the welfare of our nation.” (President Harry S Truman) Just as with Judah, our foreign policy is important. Who we embrace in our policy determines how God will bless us. With our nation moving away from God, it affects who we support and who we don’t support. You may think that our foreign policy should not affect us as Christians; everything affects us if we have given our live to Jesus Christ. Christianity is a full-time commitment.