Day 40 & 41: Jeremiah 39 & 40
But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists… (Jeremiah 40:4, NIV).
As I was reading these chapters I began to think about whose report are you going to believe? When we look at Jeremiah and all that he has gone through, it is evident that God is still working on his behalf in spite of the different things and people that have fought against him. While King Nebuchadnezzar is pretty much tearing Jerusalem apart and even killing people, when it comes to Jeremiah he gives the command to “take him and look after him; don’t harm him but do for him whatever he asks.” What is so amazing is that people fail to obey God out of fear of what people may say about them or do to them if they follow through with the things that God tells them to; Jeremiah is evidence that when you obey God He will take care of you! This take Romans 8:28 to a whole other level! Even the bad that was meant to harm Jeremiah still worked out in his favor because he remained obedient to God regardless of what was up against him. Furthermore in being obedient, people even acknowledged God and that His word came to pass (Jeremiah 40: 2-3). So I encourage you to ask yourself the question, whose report will you choose to believe? It is easy to look at everything that is wrong and to look at how the odds may be stacked up against you but if God made a promise to you then it doesn’t matter what it may look like. Even when the situation looks bad and it seems like you are about to be counted out, remind yourself of what God said versus what your situation looks like. Whenever we do anything for God there will always be opposition; we will always have the choice to give up and play it safe or we can trust in God and know that He will take care of us.