Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 6 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 39-40
Food for Thought: Jer. 39:15-18
True heroes and giving people are selfless and do not do their good deeds for any reward, but they eventually do receive one, whether in the present time, or sometime down the road, or even in heaven. God makes sure of it.
Ebed-Melech’s faith and sacrificial deed did not go unnoticed by the Lord. Because he played a vital part in saving Jeremiah’s life, the Lord made sure Ebed-Melech’s life would be spared when Jerusalem was besieged, as well. Although there was no fan-fare about the incident, the Lord rewarded him first with very assuring words to relieve him of the fear he was experiencing, and more importantly, He protected his life from the violence that was playing out before his eyes. Ebed-Melech, though not a Jew by birth, was one of the few who really trusted in the Lord, and the Lord was a shield about him for it.
Giving and helping is really a natural way of life for those who walk in the love of God, since we have His nature. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” When we walk in the good works by faith and not for selfish reasons, the Lord takes notice and is faithful to reward us. In Matthew 6:3-4, Jesus teaches, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
This is all part of God’s perfect plan. He redeemed us from every lawless deed we ever committed and purified us to make us His own special people, “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14), so that we would, in turn, impart God’s love and grace to others. And though our motive is not for personal gain, the Lord makes sure that we are highly compensated in many ways for being instruments of His love.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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