Preparing Our Lives!
The story of King Hezekiah’s reforms as seen in 2Chronicles 29-31 reveals how an individual, a family or even a nation can rightly position their hearts and open up themselves for true revival and an outpouring of God’s blessing. From the very moment he began to reign he not only opened the house of God for worship, but he equally challenged those who God had called to minister in the temple to set themselves apart from all encumbrances in order to cleanse rid the Temple of the defilements. He reminded them of how their fathers had failed terribly by turning their eyes away from the Holy One dwelling in the Temple to the detriment of the nation and it's people. He said in 2 Chronicles 29:10 “my sons be not now negligent for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him to serve Him and that you should minister to Him and burn incense” . What is most amazing about his charge was that it was given on the very first month of the first year of his reign. He spoke passionately to the Levites and priests, and these began a sincere soul searching and temple purging that lasted sixteen days (2 Chchronicles 29:17). A revival of personal and national repentance quickly began to spread: a revival of true reverential worship and selfless giving to God's service (2 Chronicles 29:27-29). The summary of the story can be seen in these words: “And thus did Hezekiah throughout Judah and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments to seek his God, he did it with all his heart and prospered" 2 Ch 31:20-21. This indeed is a marvel to read and a desire for our time on a personal and national level. With just a few days into this awesome year, it is sad to see and say that many started the year on a bad note. Therefore we must ask ourselves some very important questions at this time. What exactly was your focus from the very first day? What are those things, circumstances or even people that have shut the doors of your heart to the reverence and true worship of Him, Who is bigger than the heavens, yet has lowered Himself to dwell inside of us, calling us His Holy temples ( 1 Corinthians 6:19, 1 Peter 2:5).
A careful reading shows that among all articles of worship purged, two main articles had to be especially mentioned: the altar of sacrifice and the table of showbread (2 Chronicles 29:18). Friends, how is your life of sacrifice according to Romans12:1? And is God’s word fresh and burning on the table of your heart according to Leviticus 24:5-7? You know it takes quality time to process flour to the point at which it is edible as bread, so also God’s Holy word in our lives. We are not told of Hezekiah’s history before he became King, but from his actions we can clearly see that he was just a youth of 25 years who had made God’s word king in his heart even before he ascended the throne. Many who read this article may or may not have passed this age. But the question is, is God and His word king in your heart? The same Law of Moses that was available to him was equally available to his father, while his father chose to act wickedly before God, he, according to Colossians 3:16 allowed God’s word to reign in him. It doesn’t matter all the bad examples you have around you, you too can decide to be different like Hezekiah and take your stand for God’s truth. Friends as we proceed into the year and trust God for breakthroughs, promotions, success, healing, deliverance and various other blessings, we must allow Him to reign in our hearts first, and then He can reign through us. We also like the priests must take our time to clean house by taking out the filth from the Holy place (2 Chchronicles 29:5,16): all the rubbish of carnality and debris of worldliness that has limited true service and worship of our great King, so that our voices can once more be heard in the courts of Heaven (2 Chronicles 30:27, Galatians 5:24, Colossians 3:5). Remember there is nothing He demands of us that He has not already exemplified through Jesus' life on earth. Thus, we are confident that by His grace we can do all things. Hallelujah! God bless you as you sincerely prepare your heart before our soon coming King.