“So I will put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you.”
Father, these two “women” represented Your people. So when You say “all women may take warning and not imitate you,” you mean all countries and all peoples can learn not to make the same mistake the Israelites made with idolatry.
I pray that my country will learn from Your example here and not imitate the idolatry of Samaria and Jerusalem.
Father, do not let this lesson go unnoticed. You are a just God and You judge rightly. Those people only rejected the law of Moses and were judged. How much more will those be judged who live now and know of Your sacrifice on the cross?
You have made a new way for people today to approach You. It is a better way! By Your shed blood, I have the privilege of approaching You boldly, with full assurance and confidence.
So I draw near to You with a sincere heart, and ask that You show me how to live, encouraging other believers, worshipping You, acting in love, doing good deeds, and defeating the enemy.
Father, the enemy uses all manner of evil to try to defeat me. Help me, Lord; do not be silent. Fight against those who are against You and who attack me and my family.
Show them that You are victorious while they are clothed with shame and disgrace. And I will rejoice in my deliverance, extolling my Father with praise! Amen
Ezekiel 23:1-49; Hebrews 10:18-25; Psalm 109: 1-31
Father, You could have picked up Jeremiah and set him in a safe place far away from those who accused him and sought his life. You could have lifted him out of that cistern Yourself!
He already had Your promise: “Do not be terrified…they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you.” But You didn’t give the details of what that rescue would look like.
Father, I seek to be obedient to all You tell me to do. But sometimes, even acting honorably, I have been misunderstood.
Lord, when I am accused wrongly, bring those who will act on my behalf. Like Ebed-Melek did for Jeremiah, let there be those who will support, defend, and help me.
Also, Father, use me.
Let me act like Ebed-Melek, defending others who You have sent to do Your work. Spur me to action when I hear of wrongs. Show me how to help, being commanding and compassionate as he was.
He didn’t just drop a rope, but interceded with authorities, got clothing for padding, and brought help to lift Jeremiah out of the mud-bottomed cistern.
Help me Lord to be trusting in trials; that You will send help. And give me courage to help those who need it. Amen
Jeremiah 1:17,19; 37:1-38:13
How amazing You are, Father. You knew what Paul was headed for and You told him to “Take courage” just when he needed it. You also worked out that a relative learned about the plot against Paul’s life. And predisposed the Commander of the barracks to be willing to listen to a boy. Because he took the boy’s story seriously, it preserved Paul’s life and gave him the opportunity for a greater testimony.
There is no doubt that You involve Yourself with life circumstances here on earth. And intercede to bring about Your purposes. Thank You that I am assured that You not only know what will come next in my life, but will prepare me for it, encourage me through it, and cause things to work together for me. I can trust this to happen, because I can trust You.
“O Lord, no matter how many are against me, You are a shield around me.” You protect me from their attack. You repel the arrows fired at me. You stop the fiery darts flung at me. You deflect the blows directed at me. I can stand behind You, as I would stand behind a battle shield and be safe.
Not a flimsy garbage can lid, but a battle shield: reaching from my head to my feet. And wide enough to cover me so that when I stand next to another, our shields meet and form a wall. This shield is thick enough and covered with materials that will prevent penetration by darts or arrows. And it is shiny to reflect the sun and blind the enemy so I am a hard target to find.
“When I cry out to You, You answer me!” You speak to me through Your Word and in prayer. You have ways to reach me I haven’t even imagined. “And when I lie down, and sleep, I wake again because You watch over me. You sustain me.” When I cannot defend myself, You are there, protecting me.
So “I will not fear – even when I see my enemy drawn up against me…You will arise! You will deliver me!” Thank You Father for Your immeasurable love for me, for Your unfathomable power which You use to strike down my enemies. All praise to You! Amen
Acts 23:11-35; Psalm 3:1-8