Daily D – Jeremiah 38:5, 10
Jeremiah 38:5 “He is in your hands,” King Zedekiah answered. “The king can do nothing to oppose you.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 38:10 Then the king commanded Ebed-Melek the Cushite, “Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.” (NIV)
Making up your mind and keeping it made is one of the hardest tasks of leadership. Without core values formed through a close walk with God, leaders default to arrogance or wishy-washy weakness.
Exhibit A: King (?) Zedekiah
“Sure, kill him. Make it slow and painful. Drop him in a cistern without water but plenty of mud to sink into. Without food or water, he will be dead before the rest of us are at the hands of the Babylonians.”
“Please, rescue him before he dies.”
Who does this sound like in today’s news?
Have you ever played the role of Zedekiah?
How do you prevent yourself from becoming Zedekiah?
1. Know God’s heart and mind.
2. Follow his directions.
3. Do the hard right thing no matter the consequences.
4. Trust God to have the final word.
A high school senior of my acquaintance took difficult action when a friend of his showed evidence of abuse. Things did not immediately improve. Hard things happened. The gut punch radiates consequences. Someone’s life may well be saved.
Why do we seek to know God more day by day?
So that we know what to do and know what to say.
I will seek the heart and mind of God so that I will know how to employ my voice, my hands, and my feet in service to those who are silenced by abuse.
Our Father, draw us ever closer to yourself so that we may know your heart and mind. Use us in whatever manner you see fit to bring rescue to those in need. Amen.
CONNECT WITH ME!
Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.
GET IN TOUCH!
READ MY BLOG!
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.