Daily Devotional: The Test of Obedience

Jeremiah 37:15-21

2074718280102442551S600x600Q8515 They were angry with Jeremiah and had him beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary, which they had made into a prison.

16 Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time. 17 Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, "Is there any word from the LORD ?"
      "Yes," Jeremiah replied, "you will be handed over to the king of Babylon."

18 Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "What crime have I committed against you or your officials or this people, that you have put me in prison? 19 Where are your prophets who prophesied to you, ‘The king of Babylon will not attack you or this land’? 20 But now, my lord the king, please listen. Let me bring my petition before you: Do not send me back to the house of Jonathan the secretary, or I will die there."

21 King Zedekiah then gave orders for Jeremiah to be placed in the courtyard of the guard and given bread from the street of the bakers each day until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.

On the same day that Johan talked to God about his broken shoes, an old friend showed up at church and gave him a surprise gift. The amount was just enough to fix his shoes! However, during the offering, he clearly heard God direct him to give away the money he’d just received. Johan had obeyed without understanding how God would provide for his own need, and now he was seeing the fruit of his response of faith.

In a similar way Jeremiah obeyed God in a risky situation, faithfully speaking the word even though he did not understand how God would protect him. At times we may not understand all the purposes of God when he asks us to obey, but obey we must! If we do, we will see his faithfulness!

Will  you commit yourself to obedience, even if you do not understand, or are you anxious about the possible outcome?

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