What Ebed-melech did in this chapter was inspiring.
I also admire Jeremiah for speaking the truth even when he was put into a cistern for it. However, he gave in when he was asked by King Zedekiah to lie to the officials.
I could only imagine how hard it must have been for King Zedekiah to follow God’s command, which Jeremiah proclaimed. God wanted him to surrender and fall into captivity.
In our days, sometimes God asks us to do the same. However, unlike King Zedekiah, we let our pride take over us. We lean on our own understanding. We forget that God is God. The ending–regret and shame.
Jeremiah 38:20 ESV
Jeremiah said, “You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the Lord in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared.”
This still stands today. When we listen to and obey the voice of the Lord, we can rest assured of God’s protection.
Jeremiah 38:28 ESV
And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.
Here, the Prophet Jeremiah was so privileged to see the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord unfold before his very eyes.
How many times has God asked us to surrender everything to Him?
More often than not, we have a hard time giving in to what He asks of us. This is because we depend our decisions on what is at sight. When we disobey God, in effect we tell Him: “I don’t trust you that much.”
Indeed it was ironic when God commanded King Zedekiah to surrender so he could save his life (Jeremiah 38:17).
Here I was reminded to trust God no matter what it takes.