Jeremiah 37: Used Where We Are
Jeremiah was not a fool. He understood that the city of Jerusalem was going to be taken by the Babylonians. There was not going to be any repentance, so he wanted to get as far as possible in Jeremiah 37.
Jer 37:11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh’s army,
Jer 37:12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.
Jer 37:13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
He was accused of being a traitor, and he got thrown into jail. I can’t say I blame him in the least. It is frustrating to be continually ignored and to understand that the people are going to be destroyed because they won’t listen to you. Why not get out before the entire thing burns?
Obviously, that plan did not work out. However, God was not done with Jeremiah. Even in prison, he was still a prophet.
Jer 37:17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
God never told Jeremiah that he couldn’t run away, so this wasn’t like Jonah in that sense. However, God still had work for Jeremiah to do in Jerusalem. He was still ministering to Zedekiah.
I think something like this can happen for us as well. We might try to do something, and it might not work out. However, even in the midst of our failed plans, God still is at work. He was still use us wherever we are placed.