A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
Hezekiah is another of the "good
" kings of Judah
. He repaired the Temple, recommitted the priests and Levites to the service of God above all else. He renews the emphasis on sacrifices, and reinstates the celebration of Passover by the entire nation -- the first time they have done this as a nation since the days of Solomon.
This Passover is a great success
, so much so that the people agree to keep the worship going an extra week! In response to the event of the day, the people of Judah destroyed all idols and places of pagan worship.
In addition to the ritual celebrations
emphasized by Hezekiah, tithing
(giving the first tenth of the animals and crops to the LORD) was reinstated, and the people respond with overwhelming dedication to God.
Just after all these things, the Assyrians attack Hezekiah
and God miraculously delivers both him and his people. The king spent the remainder of his days living in wealth and comfort and enjoying the blessing of God on his own life as well as the lives of those in his family.
It is instructive to see the importance of the place of worship
and its support to the people of Judah. They actually bring more offerings into the Temple than can easily be used. Is our response to God's blessings just as open, generous and realistic? Is a church, for instance, just a place to gather, or is it also an opportunity to make a statement about the importance of God and His work in our lives?
the ways in which you remember (or fail to remember) God's place in your life. Are you praying enough? Are you listing to God's voice in His word, the Bible, enough? Are you giving your time and financial resources enough?
God knows the answer to each of those questions.
He will reveal them to you if you ask Him. So do it now and perhaps you can rediscover some of the enthusiasm and excitement of walking with the LORD and pleasing Him.
A. Eugene Pearson 2011