Do not disregard or throw away any information however unauthentic it may be. Consider and investigate it, get to the root of the information and hold to the truth (facts). Do not disregard or underrate what you see or hear. Sometimes, there are some elements of truth even in false information.
Our passage of reference is in the book of Jeremiah 40:13-41:15.
Before the incident in the above passage, the nation of Israel and Judah had been taken captive to the land of Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar. The wise, the intelligence and the strong among the people were taken away, while the weak and the unprofitable ones were left in the land of Judah. By this time, Jeremiah was freed among the captives because of his faithfulness to the Lord. Jeremiah’s freedom was without condition, for he was permitted to move wherever he wanted and the whole land was before him at his own use. Moreover, he was to be taking cared by the governor. For the governance of the weaklings that were left behind, Gedaliah was made governor over Judah.
During the Chaldean invasion, many people escaped into hideouts and neighboring nations of Moab, Ammon and Edom. When they heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judah, and had set over them Gedaliah, then the Jews returned out of their hideouts and came to the land of Judah. Among those who returned were, Ishmael, Johanan and Jonathan. These prominent among the returnees were of the royal family and officers of the former king of Judah.

Summary of the incident
• Gedaliah was made Governor over Judah.
• There was information that Ishmael, one of the prominent returnees, of the royal family had colluded with Baalis, the king of the Ammorites to murder Gedaliah, the Governor.
• Gedaliah considered Ishmael as a member of the royal family as himself, therefore, he trusted Ishmael as a relation who could not do such a thing. The Bible warned us not to trust any man, even to blood relations. “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house” (Mi. 7:5,6)
• Johanan, a confidant of the Governor, secretly ask permission from the Governor to allow him to get rid of Ishmael to save his life and that of the other Israelites. But the king took the information as false.
• The Governor did not believe neither did he make any attempt to be on guard.
• To worsen the whole situation, the Governor held a dinner party with Ishmael and ten other armed men, who are collaborators of Ishmael: setting a table before an enemy who posed to be a friend.
• The reward of ignoring information struck. After Ishmael and his friends had eaten, they arose, and struck Gedaliah with the sword and kill him.

No matter how small or unreasonable information may be or sound, it should not be taken lightly. The repercussion could be disastrous and/or deadly. The act of Ishmael was cruel, rebellious and deceivable, since the deadly plot was carried out after a banquet. Gedaliah was caught off guard and he paid the penalty for disregarding the information given to him: not him alone, but others who were with him at the banquet. The Bible declared that we should be vigilant.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet.5:8).

Disregarding or ignoring information is one the devil’s strategies he uses to get Christians into trouble in this end time. Many Christians have been warned against committing sin, however, many ignored the warning, feeling they can continuing sinning and then will come back to ask for forgiveness. Devil had caught and killed many in the course of their act of sinning. What happens if you never had the opportunity to make it to where you can ask for forgiveness?
The world in the days of Noah were told that the Lord will destroy the earth with water because of their sin, none believed or change their ways of life to escape the then impending doom. They all perished except the family of Noah. The fall of Jerusalem was predicted by many prophets in the days of the kings of Israel and Judah, none repented. Jerusalem fell, all their people were taken into exile.
Were there no terrorist operations all over the world prior before 9/11 destruction of the twin towers of World Trade Center? Many USA embassies were attacked before then, what kind of future prevention did the government of USA make to protect their country. Having been successful in several attacks against them outside USA, the government should know that soon, these terrorist would trap them in their own country one day. They failed to recognize the wiles of the devil of which the terrorist are one of its agents.

However, we have some Biblical examples of people who received information and did not take it with levity, but did one thing or the other to avert it.
When Sennacherib, king of Assyria threatened king Hezekiah of Judah, Hezekiah received Sennacherib’s threatening letter from his messengers, he read it; and went into the house of God and spread it before the Lord, and he prayed before the Lord. The Lord answered Hezekiah’s prayer. The Bible says, “Because you (Hezekiah) have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard” (2Ki. 19-). God Himself fought the battle for Hezekiah by sending an angel that killed 185000 Assyrian soldiers before daybreak.
In the days of Jonah, the Lord sent him to pronounce doom against the city of Nineveh for their wickedness had gone up before the Lord. The people of Niveveh repented. Their repentance moved God to extend grace and mercy to them and they were saved at that time.
The aftermath of events after receiving information depends on what you do when you received it.

What to do when you receive any information
First, let us look at the definition of information, to give us a quick idea of what this is all about.
Information is communication of knowledge or intelligence, Knowledge base on facts or intelligence that tends to report a true or false finding. It could also be, a collection of facts or findings, from which, a conclusion has to be or may be drawn. The information may be formal or informal. Formal may be in the form of charge of wrongdoing, brought against a person or commendation for a good work done by a person. Informal is information of any kind that is not previously known to someone “it was news to me”. The latter is what this message is all about.
Information may come in any of the following forms
• Physical or spiritual attack
• Health problem
• Disaster
• war
Regardless of the form of information, formal or informal, do not ignore or disregard any; either, information, prophesies or what the word of God says. When you hear any rumour, prophecy or information, if you do not believe in it, do not disregard it. Pray and prepare to avert it, in case it happens; after all, if it does not happen, you have not lost anything. Consider and investigate it, get to the root of the information and hold to the truth (facts). Do not underrate what you hear or see; sometimes, there is always an element of truth in any false information.
When you receive any information, either true or false, be on guard. As Christians, the Bible advised that we should put on the whole armour of God, that,
• You may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil
• That you may be able to stand in the evil day
• Having faith in the Lord with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph.6:10-18)
Spiritual weakness leads to physical weakness. Your spiritual and physical preparedness and ability to move offensively and defensively to face and overcome is paramount since any information is uncertain until it is proved. Therefore, at first instance, when you receive the information, either true or false, either you believe it or not, put it into prayer; if possible add a fasting to it. This is what renowned people of God in the Bible like Esther, Ezra, Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, David etc. did and they overcame. In this case, if it is true information, divine intervention will take control.
Gedaliah should have been somewhat suspicious, at least when he saw Ishmael coming to him with ten men, fully armed; but his spiritual sight was blinded, for he did not prepare to preserve his life. He dined with his murderer who eventually killed him. Do not procrastinate to take a quick action; delay could be very costly. In this case, it was deadly.
Do not be afraid or dismay on receiving the information. Panicking enslaves and confuses, whereby you will not be able to reach a good decision. Be bold and courageous (Judg. 1:6a; Heb.10:35).
Do not rely on your own physical strength, let the strength of the Lord be your strength. The name of the Lord, a strong tower, the righteous entered and was saved (Pro. 18:10).
We have heard many times that the kingdom of God is at hand. It is daily recurrent information. To believers and nonbelievers alike, it is a misery. Many are not sure, whether it truly exists or not. I rekindle it as information again, the kingdom of God is real and is at hand, be prepare.
However, would it not be better as a wise Christian to be prepared and play it safe. Why not play it safe, believe in the word of God, obey His commandments, observe and do what it says. If heaven is real, by your observance, you become a candidate of heaven. After all, you are not loosing anything. However, you would have lived a life that is peaceful, full of joy, with all happiness and a fulfilled life.

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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