Come, Lord Jesus
Precious Savior, I long to know Your heart and to learn to walk more closely in step with You. I love You.
What does God's sovereignty mean to you?
After trekking five miles north of Jerusalem with the captives, Jeremiah was recognized and stopped by the commander of the Babylonian imperial guard (40:1). What must Jeremiah have been thinking? That God had forgotten him? Out of the frying pan into the fire to be executed--why else would Nebuzaradan have stopped him? But there's no telling whose heart our sovereign God is moving in. Nebuzaradan hadn't halted Jeremiah to take his life but to free and reward him (40:4,5). Is God taking your challenging circumstances and using them for your good (cf. Rom. 8:28)?
All the world was his oyster (40:4), but Jeremiah chose to return to Jerusalem, the city he loved. Perhaps things would begin to turn around for the city, with Gedaliah's intent to settle down and govern peacefully (40:7-10). Unfortunately, the effects of sin and rebellion toward God ran deep and Ishmael lusted for power (41:1-3). Another new start ruined by a leader ignoring God's Word, which ended in murder. Today, creation tainted by sin groans (cf. Rom. 8:22) for the coming of the One who will eradicate such tragedy and restore all that is broken, making all things new.
Meditate on the character of God revealed in the Word and journal what they mean to you.
Lord, I trust that, even in a world turned from You and steeped in sin, You are able to work all things for good.
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