Jeremiah brought commands from God to King Zedekiah, but the king doubted the plan.  “King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I am afraid of the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest I be handed over to them and they deal cruelly with me.”  Jeremiah said, “You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the LORD in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared.” (Jeremiah 38:19-20)  Sometimes like King Zedekiah we may not understand God’s plan, but His plan is always better than anything we could do on our own.  We are not promised a life without pain and suffering, but if we are like Jeremiah and put our full trust in Him we will be saved.  “For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me, declares the LORD.’” (Jeremiah 39:18)

Today’s reading: Jeremiah 37-41