Because You Trust in Me

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God never forgets nor neglects us; instead, He is wonderfully aware of all the details of our messy lives.

Pray: 

Lord, what You have said comes to pass. There is no foundation and no refuge besides You. I will follow only You.

Read: 

Jeremiah 39:1-18

Reflect: 

How had Ebed-Melek demonstrated his trust in God?

What's the test of whether or not a prophet really is speaking for God? When what they prophesy about the future actually happens (28:9; cf. Deut. 18:20-22). Jeremiah was exactly right: this is just how he said things would go down (1-9; 38:18). The tragedy that Jeremiah had warned Zedekiah of came true. He would not escape despite his final twisting and turning (4). It was a terrible end for a terrible king.

In the midst of the rubble and slaughter, there was still hope. Ebed-Melek had risked his neck in chapter 38 by alerting Zedekiah of Jeremiah's solitary cistern confinement, but he would surely be in the firing line of the Babylonians as a member of the ruling class and Zedekiah's administration. Though he was a Gentile, an outsider, God recognized his faith and made special provision for him and his safety (15-18). With all of the pain, chaos, and suffering in the city, God had not forgotten nor taken his eye off Ebed-Melek. God never forgets nor neglects us but is wonderfully aware of all the details of our messy lives.

Apply: 

Pray for anyone in your life who needs to know with certainty the promise of God's faithfulness.

Pray: 

God of justice, thank You that You watch over each of us and You will honor the one who honors You.

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