. . . for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate.
He will not turn his face from you
If you return to him. …
May the Lord, who is good,
Pardon everyone who set his heart on seeking God –
The Lord, the God of his fathers –
Even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.
And the Lord heard Hezekiah
And healed the people. …
… he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.
And so he prospered.
-2 Chronicles 30:9c, 18c-20; 31:21c
King Hezekiah’s reign was sandwiched between the reigns of two evil kings. For twenty-nine years, Hezekiah set his heart on serving and pleasing God. He restored ritual purity, practice and the priesthood to the Temple in Jerusalem. He warned the people to turn from their evil practices and return to the worship the God of their ancestors; they returned on masse and they and the land were healed. What makes Hezekiah different from other kings is not so much what he did but the attitude with which he did those things he set his hand to – he did everything “wholeheartedly”. In fact, such an attitude is so important for those who serve the Lord that in the record on King Amaziah it reads, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly” (2 Chron 25:2).
Serving God today calls for no less of a commitment to serve Him “wholeheartedly”. In the annals of history you can do a good enough job to be remembered as ‘okay’ or you can be remembered as having done an awesome job because of your awesome attitude. So, in whatever way you are called to serve the Lord this coming year, serve Him ‘wholeheartedly’ and prosper.
The Lord is coming!