Wednesday, November 18, 2015

following God when it matters most

In this way, King Hezekiah handled the distribution throughout all Judah, doing what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God.  In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God’s laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful.

Hezekiah was a great king.  He did what was right before God and before the people.  One of the great things we learn from the verses about this king is that he stayed close to God.  In fact at one point Hezekiah was very sick and pleaded with God for more time.  God gave him more years.

The verses above remind us that to simplify your life is important.  Every area of life is important.  We cannot put God in one area and out of others.  We are either all in or not in at all.

This king sought God in every area of his responsibility as well as in his personal life.  Because he sought God great things happened for him and for those around him.  As we live life, all of life, we can honor and follow God.  That choice will make a difference and will be the example that so many people need and want.

What pleases God?  That is not an easy question to answer apart from the Bible.  When we serve God and help others we will please God.  Hezekiah was a godly example of how to follow, how to listen to God and how to follow through with what is really important in life.

Hezekiah sought God.  He did that in the temple as he was serving God and others.  He choice the commands and law of God to be his guide, and he did this with all of his heart.

Think about what it looks like do anything half hearted.  In fact I think we seeing the problem of doing things half way or with half your heart is an epidemic in our world, and it has been that way for a very long time.  It isn’t easy to follow God, but it is right.  Right choices lead to great impact and overflowing results.

The results were success.  Be careful how you define success because most people leave God out of the definition and understanding of what it really is.  Most people think it means you have lots of money.  I believe and the Bible states that we can prosper in so many other ways.  My desire is to have peace in my life and to impact many in ways that will last for eternity. 

May we be found, like Hezekiah, pleasing God and seeing great results that only God can give.

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