Jeremiah is still in the king's prison even though the city is under siege and the people are seeing their homes torn to pieces to build anti-siege ramps against the Babylonians. The king is unwilling to listen to anything the prophet says and tries to silence God's Word to His people. It does not work. God is still speaking through Jeremiah trying to get these people's attention. They are in the heat of battle and God has turned against them, because they are idolaters, adulterers, and dishonest in all that they do. He has not abandoned them completely, however, and promises that when they finally choose to repent, He will be there to return them to their former glory in the Promised Land. That, my friends, is just another example of God's grace. We do not deserve anything from God. We owe a debt that is far too great for us to pay, but God still loves us and promises to be with us through the ups and downs of life. He does not give up on His kids, but He does love us enough to discipline us when we fail to walk faithfully with Him. That is still grace, because we deserve to be separated from Him forever, but Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection met God's requirement and pulled us from the "miry clay" of sin and set us free to live for Him. How can that be? How can a prisoner be set free by doing nothing but accepting a free gift? Grace! Paul said it well in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "And He made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." Jeremiah preached a message of grace to God's people, and they still rejected his message. The New Testament preaches that same message in the person of Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Are you walking with Him?

Help me, Lord, to know You and make You known. Help me to depend fully upon You for my salvation and sanctification and to walk faithfully with You in all that I say, do, and think.