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  • 2 Kings 25:22-26

“‘Do not be afraid because of the Chaldean officials. Live in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.'” –2 Kings 25:24, ESV

I lived in a city I despised. No good words could come from me regarding it. I am not proud of it, but my eyes rolled whenever someone would try to say something good. I would love to say there was some holy reason, but the truth is this: I didn’t want to be there. That was it. It wasn’t what I wanted so I was essentially pouting. But God would have none of it. The Spirit challenged me. This verse from 2 Kings 25 reminds me of this because all it is saying is, “just live there.” Live there. Do what is expected. Just live there.

Is there a part of your life where eye rolling is more common than submission? Are you complaining that you didn’t get what you wanted so you just want to take your ball and go home? Take my word, it is a lot easier to be in the place when you get over yourself and just live there. Do what is expected, because chances are solid that nobody is asking you to violate God’s law. You just don’t want to pay the taxes or foot the bill or see the whatever that brings a sigh.

Just live there. You may even start to like it.

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