Wisdom is knowing the right path to take…. Integrity is taking it… Anon
In Jeremiah 38 we read how Jerry has been banging his head on a wall of stubborn disregard from God’s chosen people the Israelites. These guys had totally veered off God’s wonderful blueprint for the plan of their lives and instead were doing all sorts of extreme evil. The king, a big girls blouse who was totally wet, should have been ruling but defaulted power to his princes who were bad eggs. Poor Jerry, God’s instrument for correction, like so many messengers of truth, get’s it in the neck from the princess. He literally is up to his neck in it when they throw him into a sewage tank or cistern to die. Eeeuuuww… Whatta a way to go!
Into our story steps a guy called Ebed-Melech, a eunuch servant of the king and a man of integrity. He goes to the king and calls him out on the evil he has permitted the Lord’s holy prophetic to be subjected to. Ebed-Melech then sets out to rescue Jerry from certain death.
I’m inspired and challenged by Ebed-Melech. It’s one thing know the right thing but it’s another level doing it. Just like those in the French resistance who put their lives on the line to rescue and repatriate prisoners’ of war, so must we dare to model Ebed-Melech and do the right thing. Our world is up to it’s neck in it – We don’t have to look far to see injustice, brokenness and rebellion.
So what do we do?
I suggest we start with the people under our noses… the Mum who always stands on her own at the school gate, the unpopular child, the embittered, the self righteous prat who winds everyone up, the elderly and vulnerable, or the person we’d like to give up on as they go around again in the same cycle of self-sabotage. It’s for these people we need to take a stand for and love with integrity. Look around these people are everywhere… the wounded, the unlovely – those wiping life sh**t off their shoulders as they try another day.
Are you willing?
Romans 12:16 ‘Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud [Haughty snobbish] but be willing to readily adjust to [People and things] of low position. Give yourself to humble tasks. Never overestimated yourself or be wise in your own conceits’.
If we’ve breath in our body then it our duty to like Ebed-Melech stand for truth and justice.
Isaiah 1:17 ‘Learn to do what is right! Seek justice, relieve the oppressed and correct the oppressor. Defend the fatherless, plead for the widow…’
I love how at the end of the story in chapter 39, God honours Ebed-Meelch for his integrity… why not give it read?
Hugs Ruth x