2 Chronicles 29
-When Hezekiah came to power as king of Judah, things took a dramatic and sudden turn for the better in the nation’s worship of the One-True God. He would reign in righteousness following the LORD for 29 splendid years. This chapter describes how he brought the attendants to the House of God back and reinstated Temple worship to Yahweh. The key word here is consecration. The priests and Levites set themselves apart at the command of the Word of God and the king to begin sacrificing again to the LORD and clean up His House in order to minister to Him in faithfulness, joy, love, and dedication. Gone for a time were the ways of his father Ahaz as the people worshipped in with incredible Spirit and truth with songs of praise continually. In the end both the king and the people rejoiced over what God had prepared for the nation. Times were good again in Judah!
-*Application* What a difference consecrated leadership makes! If you have charge of anything, make absolutely sure that those under your authority are sanctified and being set apart for the work of the LORD God through faith and obedience. The cleanup is a wonderful thing and involves at its core repentance. That is a turning of the mind that leads to ultimate action that is permanent. Evaluate where you need to consecrate yourself and lead others to holiness as well in your life today. Good times of rejoicing will follow, and it can happen suddenly!
Verse to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 29:2