I think Ebed-melech was someone I would love to have for a neighbor. The Lord rewarded him for trusting him. In Jeremiah 38, we read about how Jeremiah was tossed into a cistern. A lot of the time when we don’t like what we hear, we ignore or turn away. These people tossed Jeremiah into this cistern full of mud. But Ebed-melech spoke up.
Ebed-melech, who was a Cushite and also happened to be an official at the royal palace, approached the king and told him what they had done to the prophet. The king then told him to gather thirty men to lift Jeremiah out from the cistern. He didn’t simply gather the men and pull Jeremiah out from the cistern. He went and hunted for some old rags and old clothing to protect Jeremiah’s arms as he got hoisted up.
It took trust to approach the king about Jeremiah, especially since it was King Zedekiah who allowed the men to toss Jeremiah down in the first place (see Jeremiah 38:5). Just as Ebed-melech was rewarded with his life for trusting God, so you too can receive life, true eternal life, by trusting in Him.
“Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the LORD, have spoken!’” – Jeremiah 39:18 [NLT]
Jeremiah mentions in Lamentations that he called upon the Lord from deep within a pit and was answered. God told him “do not fear.” True story. He was tossed in a cistern. Read Jeremiah 38 and see how this all worked out.
We each have different pits in life. We might have just fallen into a new pit or we might have been trying to dig out of a pit for months or years. Each pit is different. Each pit is a challenge. But no matter how deep the pit, no matter how wide the pit, God can hear your calls. We simply need to call upon the Lord.
God listens. God hears. God doesn’t want you in the pit but sometimes you need to be there for Him to rescue you out of the pit. Sometimes you need to be in this brokenness or imprisoned type situation for God to show you Who He is, Who is in control, and just how mighty He is—He can do all things. He can do the impossible. He can pull you out of that pit. Believe.
“But I called on your name, LORD, from deep within the pit. You heard me when I cried, ‘Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!’ Yes, you came when I called; you told me, ‘Do not fear.’” – Lamentations 3:55-57 [NLT]