“ “The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and did it not come into His mind? So the Lord could no longer bear it, because of the evil of your doings and because of the abominations which you committed. Therefore your land is a desolation, an astonishment, a curse, and without an inhabitant, as it is this day. Because you have burned incense and because you have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord or walked in His law, in His statutes or in His testimonies, therefore this calamity has happened to you, as at this day”” Jeremiah 44:21-23 NKJV.
If we truly believe that God is just, then we need to come to the understanding that punishment needs to be served at a point in time. It makes no sense to keep to keep blessing someone if they keep acknowledging things that had no influence in what they possess. It is important to take notice of the fact that God was patient with the Israelite’s, but they kept sinning against Him to the point where He got fed up. Our stubbornness or lack of obedience to His word will lead to not only us, but our descendants, suffering for it. Our lack now may not necessarily be a direct result of what you did, but the disobedience of your forefathers could be the reason why you are in the situation that you are in. But it is never too late. Though God does not forget the doings of our forefathers, He still has the compassion to bring those who are repentant and obedient to His word, out of that calamity and into lands and life that were promised. It is on us however, to do what is right and refrain and abstain from prostituting ourselves to false gods and meaningless practices that barricade us from God. The choices of today shape the standards of tomorrow, its time we make the right choices.
Father, I know it is not too late to receive your love and compassion. I come before Your throne of grace with a repentant heart, seeking Your forgiveness so that I may not carry wickedness and evil deeds of my forefathers. Amen