Priorities for God’s blessing!
Scripture reading for May 1: 2nd Chronicles 29-32
Today we find our country in economic and political turmoil in the midst of an election year. We find many of our children leaving the path of the Lord and going into captivity in the world system of humanism and self-gratification. Many in the church are restless and confused. When we read the word of God, we find that nothing is really new.
This was the case 2700 years ago in Judah under King Hezekiah. The wrath of God was being poured out on the nation because they had forsaken Him! Women and children were in captivity and the nation was in terror and fear. (2nd Chronicles 29:8-9) King Hezekiah began to set things in order. His plan of action was to set priorities that would bring success and the blessing of God again. The first step was to reopen the temple and repair it’s doors. (2nd Chronicles 29:3-6) He brought in the priests and Levites and had them consecrate themselves and then cleanse the temple. They did a quick work of removing all defilements from King Ahaz and restoring the utensils and furniture that he had removed.
The next thing was to gather all the leaders and renew the covenant with the Lord by sacrifice. Sin must be confessed and atoned for. The blood was sprinkled on the altar. (2nd Chronicles 29:24) The king and the people sang and worshiped as the sacrifices were being offered. The Levites played and led the singing. The people worshiped and offered themselves with joy and gladness! The people brought thank offerings and sacrifices for themselves.
If you find your life in turmoil and your family in captivity, the plan of Hezekiah might work well for you. Is your soul in disrepair? Is it cluttered with idols and remnants of the world system? Begin by removing the clutter and idols and turn to the Lord in humble repentance. Consecrate your life to the Lord again and establish a regular pattern of worship. Claim the blood of the last and only perfect sacrifice to be sufficient to atone for your sins! Jesus Christ has done all that is needed to cleanse your soul! He wants your life to be marked by joy! He can do a “quick work” in your life too! These ancient words from Hezekiah are as true today as then!