"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves". James 1:22
When Zedekiah was king of Judah, the nation was already under Babylonian captivity. During the ninth year of his reign he decided to rebel against the king of Babylon. The prophet Jeremiah went to the king and gave him a word from the Lord. The word was that he should turn himself over to king Nebuchadrezzar. But he didn't. He continued to rebel and fight. Jeremiah went to the king again on a couple of other occasions telling him to surrender but he still would not. Finally, Nebuchadrezzar gained full control over Jerusalem and took king Zedekiah prisoner. He killed his children before his eyes, then he plucked his eyes out and killed him. The prophet had warned him to surrender and it would go well for him, but he just would not listen and obey the word, therefore, it did not go well for him.
The prophet was the one who spoke for God, giving His word to the people. Today God speaks to us through prophets, ministers and primarily His Word. The story of Zedekiah is an applicable word for us to today. And that is: if we will not harken to the word of the Lord, if we will not obey it, if we are only hearers and not doers of the Word, like Zedekiah things will not go well with us.
Blessings are attached to obedience. If we are willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:19) The Bible is full of promises with blessings attached to them for those who will obey. It also warns of curses that are attached for those who don't. Are you obeying the Word of God? Are you hearing it but not doing it? Where do you stand in your obedience to the Word? Hopefully, we will heed the example of king Zedekiah and learn that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Have a great day. When we obey the Word of God, it will go well with us. When we don't obey, it won't go very well.
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