There is always a learning and teaching moment in life and God always gives us examples how to over come situations and temptation. One family we can all learn from is the Rechabites pronounced(Rekabites). Their ancestor Jonadab was convinced that it was easier to live a Godly life by living as a Nomad than to live in cities because of a chance of being tempted. They refused to drink wine or anything with alcohol and live in houses instead they lived in tents. This way of life was passed on for generations. God sent Jeremiah to test them to see if they would give in to drinking wine so he put them in a room with wine. Jeremiah asked them to drink wine but they refused. They refused to go against their descendants command.
God was impressed because here was a family who would not give in no matter what to the order of their descendants which was given by a man. But he (GOD) sent his prophets to warn Israel but they refused to listen to him and he was God. God blessed the Rechabites in the end. GOD is looking for us to be like the Rechabites when it comes to his will for our lives and he is waiting to bless us like he blessed them.
Jeremiah 35:2, 4-10, 12-16, 18-19 NIV
Go to the Rekabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the Lord and give them wine to drink.” I brought them into the house of the Lord , into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper.
Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the Rekabites and said to them, “Drink some wine.”
But they replied, “We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab gave us this command: ‘Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’ We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops. We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab commanded us.
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord . ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me.
The descendants of Jehonadab son of Rekab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.’ Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Rekabites, “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jehonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.’ Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.