Decades ago I taught my Sunday School class about Jeremiah in the dungeon. I made him out of purple pipe stem cleaners. I used strips of cloth for the rags. I still remember it whether any of them do or not. Jeremiah’s helplessness was very real.
Jeremiah was let down into a dungeon with ropes. He sank into the mire. One of the king’s eunuchs heard about it, and he went to the king. Here are the king’s words. Jeremiah 38:10 says, “Take thirty men with you, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon before he dies.”
Here is how they did it. Verse 11 says that they took old clothes and old rags and made ropes. Verse 12 they instructed Jeremiah to, “…Please put these old clothes and rags under your armpits, under the ropes…” They lifted him out of the mire.
Think back when we were in the dungeon-mire of impossibility. We were alienated from God, our hearts were dark, and our thoughts were futile. No hope. Remember the song: Love Lifted Me? It starts out, “I was sinking deep in sin…” Oh glorious day when He lifted us from our sin’s miry pit!
Our thoughts can be like ropes that lower us down into the mire of despair when we face an impossibility. Yet, like Jeremiah, we must recognize that we are absolutely dependent on God. Our impossibility helps us recognize a truth that is often forgotten: we are unequivocally, in every aspect of our lives, dependent on the Lord. This is where absolute trust operates the fullest that will bring Him glory.