Day 23: Jeremiah 22: 1-30
Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just so all went well with him (Jeremiah 22:15, NIV).
What is more important to you, prosperity or having a rightful relationship with God? There’s nothing wrong with desiring to be successful or even to prosper but we have to be sure that our motives are in the right place. God judged King Jehoiakim for dropping the ball from where his father, King Josiah, left off by serving the people in what was just and right. King Jehoiakim on the other hand was only concerned about his personal gain and as a result of this God’s wrath and destruction would come down on him. The problem with seeking prosperity over God is that we can become bound to it and we can put ourselves in compromising situations by sinking to levels that we never thought we would simply to try to get ahead. When we seek more for ourselves we begin to look at what others can do for us or how God can give us more versus having a servant’s heart. The interesting thing about prosperity is that we find it in God, but it may not always be in the form that we imagined. However if we stick with God and obey Him we will come prosper in the end as we receive our reward of eternal life. The problem however is that people have a tendency to want to receive their rewards and fully prosper while here on earth which may not always be the case. We must continue to seek and obey God regardless of whether we feel as though as are benefitting or not while here earth with the hope that our prosperity lies in heaven.
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