Today’s Bible reading is Jeremiah 37 and Matthew 24.
When Jeremiah had come to the dungeon cells and remained there many days, King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, “Is there any word from the LORD?” Jeremiah said, “There is.” (Jer 37:16-17)
King Zedekiah couldn’t open a Bible to 2 Kings 25 and read about the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of Babylon. He was living the moment, feeling the fear, experiencing the end of the kingdom of Judah.
He couldn’t read the Sermon on the Mount or The Acts of the Apostles or the promise of the risen King of kings, “Surely I am coming soon.” The walls were closing in on Zedekiah and he didn’t know how the story–his story–was going to end. He and his predecessors had ignored, mocked, beaten, and imprisoned the prophets of the LORD. Now, on the brink of prophesied ruin with fulfillment marching toward his royal doorstep, he covertly pulls Jeremiah out of the dungeon and inquires from the shadows, “Is there any word from the LORD?”
There was. There is. And what amazing access we have to it today.
Centuries of history, preserved for our instruction. Timeless warnings. Eternal perspective. Priceless wisdom. The announcement of good news. Encouragement in Christ. Comfort from love. Participation in the Spirit. God-breathed teaching, reproof, correction, and training for righteousness. “Is there any word from the LORD?” Indeed, there is, right there in that book we call the Bible.
Don’t wait until your life is falling apart to open it. Take the time to hear from your Creator today.