Daily D – Jeremiah 38:6
So they took Jeremiah and dropped him into the cistern of Malchiah the king’s son, which was in the guard’s courtyard, lowering Jeremiah with ropes. There was no water in the cistern, only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
JEREMIAH 38:6 (CSB)
Each of us has known our share of bad days. If we sat in a circle and told our bad day stories, doubtless someone would say something like, “Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it got worse.”
Jeremiah could tell a story like that. He was placed in a cistern to die. There was no water, which was both a blessing and a curse. There was no bread. He was stuck in the mud and going nowhere until his life was over however long it took him to starve and waste away.
That was a bad day.
Thankfully, an African named Ebed-melech saved him (see verses 7-13).
When all was said and done, Jeremiah survived the siege. So did Ebed-melech. In 39:15-18, God has a message of salvation for Jeremiah’s friend. The bottom line is found in verse 18:
Two of the most vulnerable men in a city under siege walked away free. After their worst days to that point of their lives, came a day of relief and rescue.
What would a James Bond movie be without him placed in a situation he could not possibly survive only to miraculously escape not only with his life, but with the bad guy dead or incapacitated, and the girl on his arm?
Jeremiah lived that story with a couple of minor adjustments. If you asked him, he would tell you it was not as fun as it seems. He wrote a whole book filled with tears as his testimony of all he saw and experienced (see Lamentations).
On your worst day, remember that God has promised a Day is coming when every wrong will be made right. A Day is coming when justice will ultimately and finally prevail. A Day is coming when those who belong to God will be saved, delivered, and healed. A Day is coming called The Day. It is endless in its brilliance. It is forever peaceful and pleasant. It never ends.
Bad times come. Bad times come to pass. God’s Day of All Days will Come. It comes to stay.
I will remember that Day on all of my worst days.
Our Father, how generous you are with your love and forgiveness! Thank you for doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Your amazing grace is the metanarrative of the Our Father, because of a future that was settled long ago, we can live with endless hope even when we face a hopeless end. However dark the night may seem to me, the best is yet to be. On that day, we will sing the best song ever written to the most beautiful music ever played. Hallelujah and Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.