OVERVIEW: Officials beat and imprison Jeremiah because they believed he was a traitor. Jeremiah shares God’s words and warnings with King Zedekiah, but the king sends him back to prison.
BIG IDEA: Prepare to be misunderstood and mistreated when you obey God.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 37:2 (Description of King Zedekiah and the people)
But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Some profess their faith in me only when they are in trouble and need my help. Others claim to know me because their friends or family members told them they should. I want you to do more than declare your faith. I want you to own your faith. I want you to seek me, listen for my instruction, and obey me. That’s when I know I am your God: when you surrender your will to follow mine.
People will look down on you when you choose to follow me. Some will mock you, some will ignore you, and others will try to make life difficult for you. Ignore their threats and don’t be overcome by their tactics. I will be with you and will provide what you need when you need it. It is not as easy to follow me when life is difficult, but that’s when your commitment is most important. I love you and will never let you go.
Assess whether or not you have chosen to ignore God’s leading based on outside pressure. If so, overcome that by taking the step of faith God is leading you to take. If you’re not experiencing that kind of negative pressure, pray to remain faithful and follow God as he leads.