Jeremiah 38:6 (NIV)
6 So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.
This is what Jeremiah received for being faithful to deliver the word of the Lord to Judah and the king. He was left in a hole in the ground to die. Is this really how God treats his children? Yes, my friends, it is. Now before you go and get all upset at God I want you to think about this for a moment.
Who put Jeremiah in the pit? Was it the king’s men? You could say that if you only looked at the surface of things. What does the Scripture tell us about the current situation of Jeremiah’s? Acts 17:26-27 (NIV) “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
Who was it that really put Jeremiah in the hole in the ground? Do you see it yet? It was God. He determined exactly where Jeremiah would be and the hole in the ground was where God determined for Jeremiah to be at this time in his life?
Now comes the question, “What possible reason would God have to put Jeremiah in this hole at this particular time in his life?” If you read the rest of the story you will find that there were those in the courtyard that knew Jeremiah was a prophet of God and they went to petition the king for his release. They saw something in Jeremiah’s life that was very different from the other false prophets of the day.
Do you see it yet? Jeremiah was in the hole in the ground so others would see the difference God really makes in a person’s life who loves God. They are content in whatever state they are in so God will be glorified. As they live for the glory of God, others will see his glory and come to him as well.
Are you in a hole in your life right now? Cannot see a way out? Have you been trying to get out on your own? Why not stop and just rejoice that you are in the hole in the ground. I know, I know it sounds crazy, but why not give it a try anyway? Go ahead and tell God you are going to rejoice in this hole as long as he sees fit to keep you here.
I wonder what a difference it will make in your life and the lives of those who watch you? Only one way to find out. See you in the next hole in the ground.