Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 39:18 For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.
Reflections: The Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem led to the captivity of many Jews and the deaths of many others. However, God gave Ebedmelech, an Ethiopian, special immunity from these atrocities. Before the invasion, Jeremiah received God’s assurance that Ebedmelech would be protected. Ebedmelech earned this favour from God by showing respect and kindness to Jeremiah when he was imprisoned and cast into a miry cistern. Ebedmelech saw Jeremiah’s plight and convinced the king to release him. He rescued Jeremiah and made sure he was cared for. Your trust in God should always move you to honour and respond to the needs of God’s servants without being told to do so. Like Ebedmelech, the positive attitude and gesture of support you show towards any servant of God will not go unnoticed and will receive a favourable divine response.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me demonstrate my trust in you by honouring your servants, among others.
Confession: I demonstrate my trust in God by honouring his servants, among others.