OVERVIEW: Babylon enters Jerusalem, knocks down the walls, and captures and blinds the king. Jeremiah remains in Jerusalem, and God blesses Ebed-Melech.
BIG IDEA: There are blessings when we obey and consequences when we disobey.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 39:17–18 (God to Ebed-Melech)
…but I will rescue you from those you fear so much. Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the Lord, have spoken!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Don’t be blind to the truth. Pray that you would have eyes to see and ears to hear my instruction. And then, just as important, pray for the courage to take the steps of faith I invite you to take. I will always accomplish my will, and I want you to participate in it. Be part of my plan. Don’t ignore or resist me because you’re afraid. Not only will you miss out on a blessing, but when you try to protect yourself, you may be putting yourself in harm’s way.
Look for and thank those in your life who stand up for you and support you. They often do things behind the scenes, working hard to give you the best opportunity for success. Don’t let their efforts go unnoticed. They may not want attention, but give them your thanks. Show your appreciation in small or large ways. And follow their example. Who is someone you can encourage and help so that they succeed?
Is there an Ebed-Melech in your life? Someone who helps you and protects you, even if it costs them? Take time today to acknowledge those in your life who support and encourage you. Thank them and share your appreciation.