Note: In chapter 38 Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern by his own countrymen, but he is later rescued. Eventually Jerusalem does fall as Jeremiah prophesies, and he is swept up in the throng that is to go as captives to Babylon. However, he is identified and freed by the Babylonian officials, since he faithfully prophesied that they would destroy Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 40: 3, 4 [The imperial guard says,] “And now that Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he world. All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him. But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.”
Prayer: Lord God, amid the throng you preserve your faithful children.
Thought for the day: You can find treasure simply by looking under the cushions of your sofa.
Psalm 106:46, 47 He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us form the nations, that we may give thinks to your hold name and glory in your praise.
Prayer: Lord God, you have always found your people.
Thought for the day: You will never slip through the holes, if you are pocketed in God’s care.
Psalm 119: 44, 45 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Prayer: Lord God, in the pathway of obedience to you there is freedom.
Thought for the day: One of two choices has the power to save a life: “No” or Naloxone.
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Prayer: Jesus, we give thanks that you freed us from the burden of sin.
Thought for the day: The finish line of the race of life gets farther away as the weight of sin increases.
James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.
Prayer: Lord God, with the strength of will you give us may we obey your will.
Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
I Peter 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
Prayer: Jesus, may our lives ever reflect the goodness you have restored in us.
Thought for the day: In spiritual warfare there are no double-agents.
Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you that you are ever mindful of us, your children.
Thought for the day: Jeremiah’s faith was a both-and faith – faith both in prison and out of prison.
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