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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”