Trustworthy God

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Chapter 40 in Jeremiah begins with the aftermath of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians led by King Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah found himself bound in chains among the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon (verse 1).

The start of this chapter begins with “The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord.” Usually, we read the message of the Lord right after these words but it was not so this time. We see God’s word to Jeremiah through a Babylonian military commander.

In the previous chapter, 39 verses 11-12 we read “Now Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had given these orders about Jeremiah through Nebuzaradan, commander of the imperial guard, take him and look after him, don’t harm him but do for him whatever he asks.

Despite Nebuchadnezzar’s command for considerate treatment towards Jeremiah, at this point (chained and among the exiles) Jeremiah would have probably resigned himself to a fate of being an exile in Babylon.

As a prophet, he was not treated too kindly by his very own people, so it would not be unexpected to presume that Jeremiah was probably not anticipating the Babylonians to treat him with much respect or to keep their word (Nebuchadnezzar’s order).

While in chains, bound and headed to Babylon, comes an unexpected turn of events. Nebuzaradan, the commander of King Nebuchadnezzar’s guard recognises Jeremiah among the exiles and frees him.

The commander says in verses 2-4 “When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, “The Lord your God decreed this disaster for this place. And now the Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him. But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists.”

For us: God works in unexpected ways and many a times when we least expect it. God made a way for Jeremiah; Scripture reminds us time and time again to not fear because God is with us.  Knowing this passively is one thing but actively living that truth out is something that we cannot do in our own strength.

Reflecting on all that Jeremiah went through while staying obedient to God, and after the fall of Jerusalem, finding himself chained to be taken forcibly among the exiles, he could easily have felt frustrated and angry at God. We know that it can be easy to start reacting in the flesh when things start falling apart.

But Jeremiah stood firm on God’s word to him “Do not be afraid for I am with you.” (Jeremiah 1:8). “For I am with you and will rescue you.” (Jeremiah 1:19b)

For us: At times in our lives, we look for a door to open, to get out of a miserable situation, for a new opportunity or a lifeline thrown from God. But like my mum once said to me, our job is to keep walking along in the corridor of life surrendering to God and only when we approach and are close enough to those sliding doors, will they open, not when we are at the start of the corridor or any place in between. God’s timing can often be like that, the doors will seem shut, it may seem pointless to keep walking faithfully when we don’t see any plausible way out or through, but just as we know those sliding doors will open only when we get right in front of it, we got to trust and walk on in the path that God is leading and guiding us on and trust that when the time is right, He will make a way.  

God is our Jehovah Jireh; He provides for us, maybe not in the way we expect but the promise is that He will.

Philippians 4:19. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Let’s take a look at the provision God gives Jeremiah through the Babylonian in this chapter.

Jeremiah 40: 4-6 “But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.” However, before Jeremiah turned to go, Nebuzaradan added, “Go back to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the towns of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please.” Then the commander gave him provisions and a present and let him go. So, Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land.”

  • Jeremiah is freed from captivity.
  • The Babylonian commander recognises who he is and treats him with respect – all the disrespect Jeremiah might have faced through the disregard of the people when he spoke God’s word, God in a way shows Jeremiah that I saw your pain there and I am going to give you this here where you least expect it.
  • Jeremiah is given a choice – a relatively attractive offer to go and live comfortably in Babylon because the captain of the guard would look after him. Those who were taken captive were compelled to go, they did not have a choice.
  • Or go to Gedaliah – Gedaliah as it says in the verses above is the one, King Nebuchadnezzar appointed over the towns of Judah. That means that Jeremiah would again be well looked after.
  • Or he could go anywhere he would please – For choices like this to be given, does it even sound like the Jeremiah belonged to the people who were taken captive by the Babylonians.
  • And the Babylonian in addition gives him provisions and a present and sends Jeremiah.

The way Jeremiah was provided for was beyond what one would imagine or anticipate, this reminded me of the verse in Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”

This story in scripture reminds us that in the midst of a trail when we feel God is far away, He is right there with you making a way for you. His provision can come through unexpected ways and through unexpected means. He is Lord of your hill tops and your valleys, cling to His faithfulness and trust in His word because God is sovereign, trustworthy, faithful and is working on your behalf – place your trust in Him.

God Bless.

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  1. God is trustworthy and watches over us. Often the Lord’s provision and care are not even noticed by us rushing through our day-to-day life. However, when you take time and reflect on times of difficulty, you see that God’s help, guidance, and provision have been with you, helping and guiding you forward all along. Thanks, Manu! Jeremiah’s story was a great example of God’s care and provision. 💗🌻🌺

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    1. So true that we can miss out on noticing God’s provision when we rush through our days. With Jeremiah – we can often focus on the trials he went through being a prophet for God but as we pause and take notice we do see God’s care and provision.
      Thank you Jeanne 🤗🌺
      Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Love your mum’s thought, Manu! We rely on God to open the door and not our own strength. Jehovah Jireh how comforting that Name is in these changing times. I love how you tied God’s provision for Jeremiah with Ephesians 3:20. So thankful for you and the efforts you give to these posts!!! 🤗🤗🧡🧡

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    1. Thank you Mandy. We do rely on Him to make way. He is our Jehovah Jireh and only He can provide in a way that works out best for us. I pray that we learn to wait on Him with a trusting heart.

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  3. We can trust God to work out what is best. He will open the right doors for us and will give us strength to go through whatever we have to. And yes, at times He moves in unexpected ways! We should never limit His power in our lives. ✝️

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    1. Yes, we should not limit His power- we tend to do that don’t we- we get impatient, try out our own ways. Although we know that God will work out what is best for us, we tend to jump ahead and in the process deviate from His will for us.
      Thank you Dawn 🌺

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  4. What a beautiful story of God’s goodness, when we follow Him wholeheartedly. We might face unfair situations and different trials in our lives, but when we cling to The Lord, He will see us through it. Thank you for this heartwarming reminder. And I love what your Mum said. I never thought of it like that, but it is so true. God will open the right doors at the right time. Blessings, dear friend! 💕🌸

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    1. Thank you Bridget 🤗. Yes, through it all we must cling to God even if our earthly nature might feel fear or try to take charge of things we have to trust that He is there and will make a way.
      Blessings my dear friend 💙

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  5. MARK THIS WORDS -according to His RICHES in glory in Christ Jesus- Not according to the state of the economy, status of your bank account, status of your family, not according to the status of your thoughts but according to HIS SBUNDANCE IN HEAVEN. We serve the owner of gold and silver. That is who He is. The story of Jeremiah is a real encouragement to me this morning. God bless you for sharing this series. P/S: I love Manu but I love Perth Girl toooooo. What can I do about it?

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    1. Yes!! Not according to anything else. He is a just and fair God who loves without restraint of earthly measures but a heart that is obedient to Him.
      Thank you for saying that sis 🤗- I just felt ready to put my name on the blog.

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  6. Manu, I love what your mum said here, “our job is to keep walking along in the corridor of life surrendering to God and only when we approach and are close enough to those sliding doors, will they open.” That just spoke to my heart right there! How many times do we try to make things happen on our own without praying and seeking God’s Will for our situations? If we will just hang out at that sliding door, they will open when God allows them and when the timing is right. You have a very wise mum! Hugs to Mum! 💜🤗

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    1. Thank you Renee and am glad it spoke to you. This is something that my mum said years before to me but it stuck with me and it is something I go back to whenever I need to.
      🤗💙

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