“The Lord showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.”
After years of ignoring the prophets, Judah watched as the Babylonian army surrounded the city and without a fight began to take its people captive. The king, his princes and many of the most gifted within Jerusalem were taken captive and led north to Babylon. After what must have been a time of extreme grief and fear the people began to settle into their new life. They watched as Nebuchadnezzar set a new king in place and allowed the people to function much in the same way as they always had. Soon the inhabitants of Jerusalem went right back to the behaviors that put them under the chastisement of God in the first place. Once the difficulties subsided the people once again turned away from the Lord.
Sadly this is pretty common. When we wander from God and our lives begin to unravel our attention is usually drawn to spiritual things. We might begin to pray, read the Bible, seek godly counsel and even head back to church. These are all good things and should be sustained, but what often happens is as soon as the storm subsides we tend to once again neglect the things of God and go right back to living life our own way.
I think it is important to remember that a catastrophe may get our attention but will rarely change a person’s spiritual condition. Our lives will be transformed by the daily decisions we make. If we choose today to invest in our walk with God by seeking to do the things that are pleasing to Him and avoid the pitfalls that so often cause us to stumble we will find that we are making serious headway in our relationship with the Lord.
It has been said the “Plans may not always work but planning always does.” The surest way to make forward progress in your walk with God is to prepare for success. The first step is a commitment to live for Christ, the second step is to get to know Him better. This can be accomplished by setting aside time each day to spend reading the Bible and talking to God about your life. The third step is to get involved in a local church where people love God and want to please Him.