Jeremiah 37

Courage

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What is the situation now in Jerusalem (See 2 Kings 34:8-25:7)? What is the charge against Jeremiah (See 32:1-5)? To what extent are you willing to accept the consequences of speaking God’s message when it is unpopular or considered treason? Why?

Passage Lookup

Jeremiah was simply telling the truth when he delivered God’s message but sometimes the truth is not what people want to hear and punish the messenger. That’s what happened to Jeremiah when He was put in prison for simply stating the truth.

What I took from this passage is the need for courage. My Pastor Steve Ramsdell wrote the following in a church newsletter, “When we truly believe that Jesus Christ is continually with us, we can take risk and step ahead to obey God in new and adventurous ways.

Today, I’m praying for the type of courage that Jeremiah demonstrated in this passage. I’m lifting my day up to God in prayer and asking for help to courageously go through my day telling others the truth even when it may not be what they want to hear.

As we set sail on the adventurous journey of each day, we want the wind at our back and the guidance we receive from God is like having the wind at our back. As we step into dangerous territory, the instrument we need is the instrument called prayer. We can listen to the God of truth for instructions and believe He is big enough to be there when we need Him the most.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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