Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 29:1-31:21
My selection: 2 Chronicles 31:20-21
20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.
My reflections: Hezekiah systematically led the nation to a revival of the proper worship of God. He began by having the temple cleaned up (I hate to think what is meant by “filth” in the temple), reinstating worship and sacrifices and holding the Passover feast at the designated time. Furthermore, he invited the people of Israel who had neglected the temple and the Passover for so many generations. While many mocked his invitation, the ones who came and joined in were deeply moved so that they later went about tearing down the idolatrous high places in both Judah and Israel.
All this points to a man who did his work with all his heart. He obeyed the law, he sought his God, he did it with all his heart and he prospered.
My challenge: What does it look like in your life to serve God according to His commandments with all your heart? Is there room for improvement in your attitude? Do you serve joyfully and diligently? Does your service move others to serve or do you just follow along waiting for someone else to take the leadership?
You are not a king but, as far as you can in your sphere of influence, be like Hezekiah. Set an example of wholeheartedness in serving the Lord.
Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Chronicles 32:1-34:33