Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 37-40
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 38:6
So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
Jeremiah again spoke the words of warning given to him by the Lord. He told the people that those who surrendered to the Chaldeans would survive the war, while those who continued fighting would die, whether by fighting, by famine or by illness. Again the people of Judah refused to listen, furthermore they became angry and feared that Jeremiah’s warnings would weaken the resolve of the fighting men. So they cast Jeremiah into a cistern—a receptacle normally filled with water, but this one was filled with mud. With no way for Jeremiah to get out this prison had a good chance of becoming a tomb. He must have wondered at some point, if I’m obeying God faithfully, why am I here?
Know if you are determined to obey God, it will cost you.
It can seem counter intuitive. If I obey God and do as He asks, shouldn’t everything in life go well for me? This is not the reality of a world at war. The spiritual principalities and powers that fight against God (Ephesians 6:12) also array their weapons against the people who follow God. The choice to follow God puts you on the front lines of the battle and at times the ravages of this war will touch you in someway—perhaps directly, perhaps through your circumstances, perhaps through your family and friends. In Psalms 23 the good shepherd is leading His sheep through paths of righteousness one moment (vs. 3) then through the valley of the shadow of death the next (vs. 4). But God also assures us that through all of this He is with us (vs. 4-5).
Our comfort and confidence comes from this, knowing that though the flames will come they will not consume us and though the flood waters will come they will not overtake us because our God is with us (Isaiah 43:2). Yes standing up for God will cost us, but nothing in comparison to what God has given, will continue provide, and promises us for the future. Everything God allows His followers to go through He works out for our good (Romans 8:28).
There is a cost to obeying God, and it is a price worth paying.
Romans 8:18 – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.