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“May you and I always do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.” <>< Dona (06/15/20)

Please read II Chronicles 29 through 31.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Chronicles 29 After Ahaz’s death, his son, Hezekiah, became king.  He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your servants, the Levites were called back to the temple to serve You, their God.

Something to think about

The Levites who were chosen by God to serve in the temple, had been kept from their duties during Ahaz’s reign. But when Hezekiah became king, he called them back into service.  

Something to experience

We don’t have a wicked king who has kept us from God’s calling.  But we do experience pressures or responsibilities that can render us inactive and ineffective.  When we’ve been given the responsibility to minister, we shouldn’t neglect our duty.  If we have become inactive in Christian service, either by choice or by circumstances we need to look for opportunities and listen to the voices God will surely send our way to help us resume our responsibilities. 

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In II Chronicles 30 King Hezekiah sent letters throughout Judah and Israel encouraging everyone to return to God.  He encouraged them to submit to God.  He encouraged them to come and celebrate the Passover.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, some people scorned and ridiculed the messengers.  But some humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.

Something to think about

Some of the people were not interested in joining in the celebration.

Something to experience

Our efforts to tell others about God may often meet with similar reactions.  Many people may even laugh at our invitation to accept Christ.  But this must not stop us from reaching out. 

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In II Chronicles 31:1-19 Hezekiah reinstated tithing, that is the giving of a portion of one’s income to the support of the priests and the Levites so they could be free to serve God and minister to the people. When the order went out, the Israelites generously gave.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites brought a great amount – a tithe of everything (verse 5).

Something to think about

The Israelites responded immediately and generously.  God’s work needs the support of God’s people.

Something to experience

I believe when we give of our money, our time and our energy that we make God smile.  And it should make us smile too.

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In II Chronicles 31:20-21 Hezekiah did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God.  In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.  And so Hezekiah prospered. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Hezekiah was able to lead the Israelites in spiritual renewal.

Something to think about

Hezekiah’s actions can be a model to us. Hezekiah reminded the Israelites that God is gracious and compassionate and that God would not turn from them if they returned to Him (see 30:9). Hezekiah kept going despite ridicule from some of the Israelites (see 30:10).  Hezekiah removed evil influences from their life (see 30:14; 31:1).  Hezekiah interceded for the Israelites, asking for the Lord’s pardon (see 30:15-20). Hezekiah was open to spontaneous worship (see 30:23).  Hezekiah contributed generously to God’s work (see 31:3).

Something to experience

Perhaps you are lacking in one or more of these areas.  Perhaps you would like to consider how you can apply them to your life.  And perhaps you’d like to renew your commitment to God.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will not be discouraged by the situations around us (Galatians 6:9 AMP).  Lord, I pray we will seek opportunities to share our faith with not just those near us but those that we know need encouragement elsewhere (Mark 16:15 AMP).  Lord, help us to remember that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, our Advocate, our Intercessor, and our Strengthener.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit who convicts and convinces us to follow You (John 14:26 AMP).   Lord, I pray we will give all that You require of us (II Corinthians 8:3-7). Lord, I thank You for being gracious and compassionate toward us.  I thank You for not turning from us when we seek You (II Chronicles 30:9).  I thank You Lord for being with us when we are being made fun of or ridiculed (II Chronicles 30:10).  Lord, I pray we will remove evil influences from our life (II Chronicles 30:14; 31:1).  Lord, I ask You to forgive us when we turn to You and repent (II Chronicles 30:15-20). Lord, I pray we will be spontaneous in our worship of You (II Chronicles 30:23).  Lord, I pray we will give generously to Your work (II Chronicles 31:3). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I give generously to God’s work.” <>< Dona