When you’re going through a tough time, one of the most encouraging things that can happen is to hear these words from a loyal, trusted friend; “Everything is going to be fine. You’re going to make it through. God’s going to help you!”
In Jeremiah 39 we find a similar promise given to a man by the prophet Jeremiah. After King Nebuchadnezzar seized Jerusalem, many people in the city were executed. Fear was in the air, as everyone in Jerusalem wondered if they were going to live or die.
During this time, Jeremiah gave a prophecy to an Ethiopian man who lived in Jerusalem. This man had helped save Jeremiah’s life a few years earlier. Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord spoke this message to him:
” … I will rescue you from those you fear so much. Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the Lord, have spoken!” — Jeremiah 39:17, 18 (NLT)
When Jeremiah’s life had been threatened, this man stepped up as a loyal friend and risked his own life to protect the prophet. In the face of fear then, he demonstrated trust in God and love for Jeremiah. And now, as he faced the threat of losing his own life, God promised that He would step in and save him! What this man had done for Jeremiah, God would now do for him!
What’s the lesson for us? It pays to trust and faithfully serve God! When we live a life of trust and obedience, we put ourselves under God’s covering and in His care.
Just as God had a message for this man in Jeremiah’s day, He has a message for you today, “If you will trust Me, I will rescue you!” Obey God’s Word and rest in God’s promise. Everything is going to be O.K.!