Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 4, 2017

“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, … How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 38.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+38&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchijah the king’s son, which was in the court of the guardhouse;  and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. Now in the cistern there was no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.  But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch, while he was in the king’s palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. Now the king was sitting in the Gate of Benjamin;  and Ebed-melech went out from the king’s palace and spoke to the king, saying, “My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet whom they have cast into the cistern;  and he will die right where he is because of the famine, for there is no more bread in the city.”  Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, “Take thirty men from here under your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern before he dies.”  …  So they pulled Jeremiah up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guardhouse.

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘If you will indeed go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then you will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will survive.  But if you will not go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city will be given over to the hand of the Chaldeans;  and they will burn it with fire, and you yourself will not escape from their hand.’”  Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I dread the Jews who have gone over to the Chaldeans, for they may give me over into their hand and they will abuse me.”  But Jeremiah said, “They will not give you over.  Please obey the Lord in what I am saying to you, that it may go well with you and you may live.  But if you keep refusing to go out, this is the word which the Lord has shown me:  ‘Then behold, all of the women who have been left in the palace of the king of Judah are going to be brought out to the officers of the king of Babylon;  and those women will say,

“Your close friends
Have misled and overpowered you;
While your feet were sunk in the mire,
They turned back.”  Jeremiah 38:6-10 and 13 and 17-22.

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Even close friends can mislead and overpower us, and when our feet are sunk in the mire, they can turn away.  Verse 22.  We should not trust in man.

But, our Lord will pull us out of the pit as He did for Jeremiah.  Verse 13.  We should trust in the LORD.

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.”  Psalm 40:1-4.

Thus says the Lord,
Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the Lord.
“For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:5-8. 

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