I suspect that the man in charge didn’t really know what to do. For the nation was clearly in a crisis and the prospects for a quick resolution grew dimmer by the day. And so, as the story is told in Jeremiah 37, the king sent for the prophet who was languishing in a prison cell to ask him in private a simple question: “Is there any word from the Lord?”
And it strikes me that a lot of folks today around the world struggling with the present pernicious pandemic may be wondering the same thing, that is, where is God in the midst of all of this, and what might He be saying to us? Fortunately, however, the answer that God gives us to that inquiry is far more positive than the reply which Jeremiah gave long ago to Zedekiah. For according to another man of God, Isaiah, this is what the LORD says: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name: you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.” (Isaiah 43.1-2)
As we find a new normal in each of our lives during the strange season ahead, I will thus be posting here each weekday what I hope will be a brief but positive word to remind us of both God’s promises and His providence. For whatever the cacophony of dire warnings and fearful reports around us may be, in the end only One Voice really matters, as even Zedekiah finally figured out.
May we be listening for that Word indeed.