Devotional by Rev. Ross Adams
Â 15 “Does it make you a king
Â Â Â Â Â Â to have more and more cedar?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Did not your father have food and drink?
Â Â Â Â Â Â He did what was right and just,
Â Â Â Â Â Â so all went well with him.
Â 16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
Â Â Â Â Â Â and so all went well.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Is that not what it means to know me?”
Â Â Â Â Â Â declares the LORD.
Â 17 “But your eyes and your heart
Â Â Â Â Â Â are set only on dishonest gain,
Â Â Â Â Â Â on shedding innocent blood
Â Â Â Â Â Â and on oppression and extortion.”
God passed judgment on King Jehoiakim. His father, Josiah, had been one of Judahâ€™s great kings, but Jehoiakim was evil. Josiah had been faithful to his responsibility to be a model of right living, but Jehoiakim had been unfaithful to his responsibility to imitate his father. Godâ€™s judgment was on unfaithful Jehoiakim. He could not claim his fatherâ€™s blessings when he had not followed his fatherâ€™s God. We may inherit our parentsâ€™ money, but we cannot inherit their faith. A great heritage, a good education, or a beautiful home doesn’t guarantee strong character. We must have our own relationship with God.
If you donâ€™t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can at this moment confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead. With this action, you are saved!Â Be sure to read the Bible, get connected to a fellowship of believers in and followers of Christ so that you may grow in knowledge of and in relationship with our Lord.Â If you desire, please contact me directly, as I am willing to assist you in any way that I can.