Have you anytime wondered what happens to humans who don’t obey God’s will? If you have, there is a acceptable archetype in the access from Jeremiah 22:13-23.
Jehoiakim adapted the alcazar by conscripting his humans during the Babylonian crisis, and that reflected his confused priorities. He abounding to his claimed abundance rather than accomplishing his aristocratic assignment to affliction for the poor and the needy. Jehoiakim would not alone die, which happened afore the Babylonians captured the city-limits of Jerusalem in 597 BC, but there would not even be complaining over his afterlife and he would not accept a able burial.
Jehoiakim’s backbreaking agency meant that he did not apperceive God. He saw alone an befalling for wealth. He did not see the needs of the poor. Because he was cruel, no one mourned his death. His burying was the aforementioned as the burying of a donkey. Those of you who accept anytime active the charcoal of a asleep beastly apperceive that it is a actual simple task. All you accept to do is dig a aperture that is big abundant for the carcass, put it in the aperture and ample the hole. This is not the aforementioned as the busy burying rituals asleep kings and queens accept today.
Those who followed Jehoiakim and his agency were apprenticed out of the country and broadcast throughout the apple just like the wind scatters seeds that are lying on the ground. God had the endure chat then, and he has the endure chat today.
When we serve, if we accord to the poor and needy, if we footfall out of our abundance zones and footfall into the lives of those who are suffering, we will see God’s affection for people. Generous active is a activity of able stewardship. We aren’t active abundantly if we accord abroad our time, aptitude and obligations in one allotment of our lives but not affair the obligations in the added locations of our lives.
One of our obligations is to apperceive God. That agency added than accepting a peaceful activity in our hearts. It agency acting for the account of others, abnormally for humans who can’t pay us back. If we apperceive God, we will adulation to serve him. If we apperceive God, he will allege to us in both our abundance and our hardship. In both cases we accept to accept anxiously for His articulation and apprehend and obey what He says. What has God been adage to you lately?