Tuesday, January 23, 2007

But the Lord hid them.

Today's reading from the Revised Common Lectionary is Jeremiah 36:11-26. Baruch the scribe, recorded the words of Jeremiah which were then reported to the king. The king responded by burning the scroll containing them piece by piece, later ordering the arrest of Jeremiah and Baruch. God's response? "But the Lord hid them" (Jeremiah 36:26b).

Psalm 46 beautifully speaks to this issue of the Lord's protection. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). In verse 7 , God is "the Lord Almighty...our fortress." Verse 10 is the key to the experiential knowledge of knowing this deliverance in our lives. "Be still, and know that I am God." Everything in our world seemingly demands our immediate attention. Let us turn our wholehearted attention to the One who deserves it.

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