Topic: Friendly Fire
TEXT: Jeremiah 11:15-23
DCLM Daily Manna 7th October 2021 MESSAGE:
Pat Tillman joined the US army and was trained as an Army Ranger – an elite force equipped for special operations. Tillman was sent to Afghanistan to fight in the war on terror and was killed on April 22, 2004 by a mortar attack when his platoon was fired upon. He stayed on while under fire, allowing the rest of the platoon to escape alive. He was awarded the purple heart honour posthumously. Within weeks of his death, it was revealed that Tillman was not killed by enemy fire, but by friendly fire.
Jeremiah was a priest in Anathoth, the city of priests in the land of Benjamin, when the Lord called him. But shockingly, his greatest opposition came from fellow priests and ministers in the city of Anathoth. The men of Anathoth took him like a lamb to the slaughter, charging him to stop prophesying in the name of the Lord, lest they kill him. Jeremiah was so pained that he asked the Lord to judge them. The Lord answered and comforted him. He promised to judge the men of Anathoth and bring them down by famine and the sword.
We can only imagine how disappointed and disheartening this experience was for Jeremiah. They reported him to the government and presented a false and exaggerated report about his preaching instead of being there to defend him. They took the lead in recommending the worst punishment for him, including, casting him into a muddy pit one time where he nearly starved to death.
Our worst enemies could be our best friends, and vice versa. When this happens, we should not be surprised because nothing is new under the sun. It happened to Jeremiah and to our Lord Jesus Christ. Just commit your ways into God’s hands who is present with us at all times and He will see you through.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Don’t give up in the face of betrayal.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna 7th October 2021 Deeper Life Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.