Hey there, and welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading titled Surrendering to Jesus was written by Tim Gustafson. In 1951, Joseph Stalin's doctor advised him to reduce his workload in order to preserve his health. The ruler of the Soviet Union accused the physician of spying and had him arrested. The tyrant, who had oppressed so many with lies, couldn't abide the truth, and, as he had done so many times, he removed the one who told him the facts. Truth won anyway.
Stalin died in 1953. The prophet Jeremiah, arrested for his dire prophecies and kept in chains, told the king of Judah exactly what would happen to Jerusalem. Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you, he said to King Zedekiah. Failure to surrender to the army surrounding the city would only make matters worse. All your wives and children will be brought out to the Babylonians, Jeremiah warned. You yourself will not escape from their hands. Zedekiah failed to act on that truth.
Eventually, the Babylonians caught the king, killed all his sons, and burned the city. In a sense, every human being faces Zedekiah's dilemma. We're trapped inside the walls of our own lives of sin and poor choices.
Often, we make things worse by avoiding those who tell us the truth about ourselves. All we need to do is surrender to the will of Christ, who said in John 14 16, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Jeremiah chapter 38 verses 17 through 23. Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, This is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel says. If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared, and this city will not be burned down.
You and your family will live. But if you will not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, this city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians, and they will burn it down. You yourself will not escape from them. King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews who have gone over to the Babylonians, for the Babylonians may hand me over to them, and they will mistreat me. They will not hand you over, Jeremiah replied. Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you.
Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared. But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me. All the women left in the palace of the king of Judah will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. Those women will say to you, they misled you and overcame you. Those trusted friends of yours, your feet are sunk in the mud, your friends have deserted you. All your wives and children will be brought out to the Babylonians.
You yourself will not escape from their hands, but will be captured by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned down. Let's pray. Dear God, forgive us of the pride that prevents us from hearing you. Soften our hearts so that we can really hear you speak. Conform our will to yours so that we will walk in your way and flourish. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray, amen. Thanks for listening today. I'm Stephen Tabor, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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