Sometimes winning comes by surrendering

Old Testament: Jer 38.17–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 38–39 on November 4, In the year of our Lord 2020

By Don Ruhl 

Judah and Jerusalem had reached the end of the Lord’s patience and tolerance. Therefore, He sent the Babylonians against them, but the king of Judah would have done better if he accepted the Babylonian take over, 

Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If you surely surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, then your soul shall live; this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. But if you do not surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans; they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.”

– Jeremiah 38.17–18 

Surrender and do well, refuse to surrender and suffer for it. Zedekiah chose not to surrender and he suffered badly for it, as you will discover when you keep reading the Book of Jeremiah. 


  • Do you know when to keep fighting and when to surrender? 
  • Do you ask the Lord for the ability to know what to do? 

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