Reading: 2 Chronicles 30:1-27
Focus: 2 Chronicles 30:6b-9
“O people of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that he will return to the few of us who have survived the conquest of the Assyrian kings. Do not be like your ancestors and relatives who abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and became an object of derision, as you yourselves can see. Do not be stubborn, as they were, but submit yourselves to the Lord. Come to his Temple, which he has set apart as holy forever. Worship the Lord your God so that his fierce anger will turn away from you.
“For if you return to the Lord, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.”
Hezekiah was a good king and a good leader. He was able to undo the evils and misguided leadership of the two kings before him (his father and grandfather), bring repair to the temple, and restore true and honest worship of the Lord.
In today’s account, Hezekiah sends out a massive call to worship. He’s desperate for people to return to God. He pleads with them all to come, but also asks them to come prepared to worship.
We should all be so desperate.
Some of us have been fortunate in our lives to be guided by leaders like Hezekiah (parents, teachers, pastors, etc.) who are followers of Christ. Some of us have accepted the ways of the world piece by piece, and have fallen far from the way God wants us to live. I have no doubt that you and I see both instances in the world on a regular basis.
YOU are the messenger! If you’re a follower of Jesus, it’s your turn to deliver a call to worship… your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, the other parents on your kid’s sports team, your Facebook friends. You get the idea. Invite them to worship with you!
Verse 27 says, “If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.” If you’re wandering in the world without Jesus, I am desperate for you to let this be your invitation. God adores you, but there is definitely consequence to leaving him out.
If you’re within driving distance of a Vineyard campus and don’t have a home church, your eyes are reading this sentence on God’s authority. Get yourself to a service. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Just come and see.
(Not in the Ohio Valley? Vineyard isn’t your style? No matter… find a church! Again… Verse 27 says, “If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you.”)
The very God who created the universe – the stars, the sunrise, every leaf on every tree – thought you were special enough that the world needed one of you, too. This is your call to worship that same God who loves you. Bring a friend.
Prayer: God, thank you that you love me so much. Thank you for making it possible for me to return to you, even after I’ve rejected you in so many ways. Help me to see you, Lord, in ways that I’ve never been able to before. Give me the understanding I need to take another step closer to you every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.