"He is in your hands," King Zedekiah answered.
"The king can do nothing to oppose you." (Jeremiah 38:5)
Jeremiah 38 v1-10 reads like a Shakespearean play lots of intrigue, conspiracy, and victimization going on. Zedekiah's indifference and ambivalence reveal the real reason why the kingdom is falling apart. Without good leadership, the nation teeters on disaster. Without an honest and upright king, the government falls.
How often have we seen this happen across the world and in our own nation's history? In the years before the Civil War, the United States was led by ineffective Presidents, whose names we all forget and whose policies of appeasement led to crises after crises. It wasn't until Abraham Lincoln appeared on the scene that any hope for this nation could be found. And even it had to be fought for, and battled over, for several years before the strength of his leadership changed our nation forever.
But good government doesn't only apply to nations; it also needs to be established in our own personal lives. If we become indifferent to the suffering that is going on in the world or if we become ambivalent with regard to our morals and Christian beliefs, then we are in danger of allowing our faith to falter, fall, and ultimately fail.
Jesus put it this way: "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation." (Matthew 12:43-45)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep us free from the demons of indifference and ambivalence, which lead to greater demons of ignorance and arrogance. Enable us to govern our lives by remaining faithful to You, by keeping Your commands, and by following Your Way. In Your Holy name, we pray. Amen