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.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.