Why arouse my anger with what your hands have made, burning incense to other gods in Egypt, where you have come to live? You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves a curse and an object of reproach among all the nations on earth. Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your ancestors and by the kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem? Jeremiah 44:8-9
While in captivity in Babylon, many of the Israelites continued to worship false gods, the very thing that brought them into captivity. God asks them if they remember what their ancestors had done and what it caused. The cost of worshipping these others gods would be that they would become a curse among the nations of the world.
People like to be able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it and how they want to do it. They often refuse to look back at history and see the results of doing things the way that they want to do them. Living in certain lifestyles has shown, over and over, that it will bring about disaster or trouble for a nation. It will lead to the downfall of a great nation.
There are nations today that are crumbling because they had chosen to walk away from God. Families are falling apart because they chose to walk away from God, regardless of their past.
Mistakes that were done in the past by others will be repeated by more people if no lesson is learned. If your family has walked away from God, and you do not learn the consequence of that action, you will repeat it.
Learn the history of people who followed God and who did not. What happened to those people? Let them be examples of how to live your life. Read the Bible and see what happened to Israel when the people chose not to follow God.
God works in the same way today. He will not allow sin to go unpunished if it is not repented of. Do not live in sin. Remembering the past of what was right and what was wrong will keep you focused on what to do. Jesus paid for you sins, now live for Him.
I pray today that you will follow God with all of your life; that you will remember the cost of living in sin; that you will see the results of walking away from God in the lives of others and not make the same mistake; and that you will grow closer to God each day.