Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Daniel 1:2 (ESV): "2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god."
Disobedience might get you what you want in the short-term but it will always hurt you in the end. Obedience is where blessing dwells. If you want to live your best life now walk in obedience to the Lord and you will be blessed both in the short and long term.
Jehoiakim was a wicked king who would not trust God but did what was "right in his own eyes." He rejected the prophetic word given through Jeremiah regarding the Babylonian captivity and trusted in the horses and chariots of Egypt rather than trusting God. After the Egyptians were defeated by the Babylonians Jehoiakim paid tribute to Babylon to avoid the destruction of Jerusalem. He would go on to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar and would be executed, his body dragged outside the city walls and left exposed, just as Jeremiah prophesied. It was the Lord who gave him up along with the people pf Judah because of their rebellion.
One of the saddest portions of Scripture is found in Romans 1:24;26;28 where it says God "gave them up." That phrase means "to deliver over or up." God will not force you to be obedient to Him. He will give you up to your sin but there will be consequences. Perhaps He will give you into the hand of some circumstance or hardship to chastise you for your rebellion. Why see what you can get away with? Obedience is the way to blessing Christian! If you walk in His ways you will be far more blessed than anything you could experience short term (Isa 1:19, Lk 11:28)! Walk in obedience, amen?
Father, we thank You for Your abundant mercy and grace. We are rebellious and yet You still love us. Help our hearts to walk in obedience to Your Word that we might experience the blessings You have for us rather than chastisement. May our love for You be demonstrated by how we live we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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