Gedaliah

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to be over the people he had left behind in Judah. 2 Kings 25:22

In verses 3-21, we see how Nebuchadnezzar and his men painstakingly razed the Temple of the Lord and took captives, who were then executed. Nebuchadnezzar appointed Gedaliah to be over those left behind in Judah. Those who were still alive, often called the Remnant, must have been completely demoralized. Their city and temple was utterly destroyed. Without reading further, how do you think a man like Gedaliah should have been towards his people and to Babylon? How would you encourage the people who must have been totally deflated?

We find ourselves in similar situations, though not to that extreme usually. Their entire land had been decimated and there wasn’t much for them to be encouraged about. Or was there?

If you’re ever in a situation where everyone is discouraged about events, you must be the one to encourage and lift up the spirits. You must be the one who takes the Positive Pill every morning and encourages others to do the same. And you must also be the one to pray with people when they are down and when their spirts have hit rock bottom. I say that because You have the Truth. You know the Way. You are the Life. Don’t wait for others to take the lead.

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