Restoring order quickly!

Scripture reading for April 30: 2 Chronicles 29-32

Today we find our country in economic turmoil with high interest and inflation and the job market shrinking.  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 churches are losing members and there are fewer young families in attendance.  What is behind all of this?  Has the anger of the Lord been poured out on our nation because we have forsaken Him and left Him out of our lives?

This was the case 2700 years ago in Judah under King Hezekiah.  The wrath of God was poured out on the nation because they had forsaken Him!  Many had fallen to the violence of that day.  Women and children were in captivity and the nation was in fear. (2 Chronicles 29:8-9) King Hezekiah began to set things in order. The first step he took was to reopen the the temple and repair it’s doors.  (2 Chronicles 29:3-6)   He brought in the priests and Levites to consecrate themselves and then cleanse the temple.  They removed all defilements from King Ahaz and restored the utensils and furniture he had removed.

The next thing was to gather all the leaders and renew the covenant with the Lord.  Sin must be confessed and atoned for through sacrifice.  (2 Chronicles 29:24)  The king and the people sang and worshiped as the sacrifices were being offered.  The Levites led the singing and the people bowed and worshiped and offered themselves with joy and gladness!  The people brought thank offerings and sacrifices for themselves.  This work was done quickly because God had brought it about through a godly leader, Hezekiah!

Is your life in turmoil and fear and your family in captivity?  Is your temple in disrepair?  Is it cluttered with idols and remnants of the world system?  Start by turning to the Lord Jesus in humble repentance.  Consecrate your life to the Lord again and remove the idols and clutter. Jesus Christ has done all that is needed to cleanse your temple and cover your sin!  He wants your life to be marked by joy and He will do a “quick work” in your life too! 

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