Because You Trust in Me
Lord, what You have said comes to pass. There is no foundation and no refuge besides You. I will follow only You.
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.
Pray for anyone in your life who needs to know with certainty the promise of God's faithfulness.
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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