Read Jeremiah 39
Focus on verse 17-18
In this age of Internet shopping and mail order delivery we more or less assume that when we order something by phone or from Amazon.com, that it will be delivered on or before the date that we were promised it would arrive. While many companies will give a window of time within which the customer should expect to receive delivery, not many will offer a guarantee of delivery. I suspect this is most often because the delivery is handled by a third party courier or mail service over which the seller has little if any control, and while it has not happened to me in my recollection, one does hear of packages becoming lost in transit from time to time.
In today’s reading God gives Ebed-melech a guarantee of delivery. If you recall from yesterday’s reading Ebed-melech was the Ethiopian servant of king Zedekiah that arranged the rescue of Jeremiah when he was in danger of starving to death in an empty cistern. The word of the Lord to Ebed is “But I will deliver you on that day, declares the Lord,” (v. 17a) In the following verse we discover the reason why God chose to rescue Ebed in the midst of the war… “…Because you have put your trust in me, declares the Lord.” (v. 18b)
There seems to be a recurring theme winding its way through the Old Testament by which those people who choose to trust and obey God in the midst of calamity tend to come through it alive, while those who choose to trust in their own means tend not to fair so well. It reminds me of the words of and old classic gospel song I learned as a child in Sunday School;
When we walk with the Lord, In the light of His word,
What a glory He sheds on our way.
When we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.