Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:1-36
Focus Verse: 2 Chronicles 29:3-4
“In the very first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah reopened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them. He summoned the priests and Levites to meet him at the courtyard east of the Temple.”
Did you ever notice how much we wait? We wait in line for a burger. We wait in line at the DMV for sure. We wait to apologize for something we’ve done wrong. We wait for “just the right timing” on any given situation. We wait a lot. Now don’t get me wrong. There are things worth waiting for. Marriage. Hearing God’s voice. Chicken to be cooked thoroughly. These are good things to wait on (especially that chicken thing). But there are plenty of things that shouldn’t wait. Like listening to God and turning back to Him.
We see here that God’s people are in a state of rebellion. They have shut the Temple doors. They have stopped presenting offerings. They have all-together turned their back on God. Now I’m not saying that we are all in a complete state of rebellion (although maybe you are), but I’m sure we are, in some aspects of our life, turning away from God. Maybe you’ve stopped going to church (for whatever reason) and are hesitant to go back. Maybe God has told you to do something and it just doesn’t fit your plan or preferences and you’re dragging your feet on it. Whatever it may be, it’s time to stop putting it off. Stop waiting and do it now. That’s exactly what Hezekiah did.
Hezekiah, in his first month of kingship knowing the state of the people, goes to the Temple and sets things straight. He sees what has happened to God’s people, calls them out on it, and helps them get back to what they should’ve been doing all along: serving God.
So that’s what I’m going to do now. I’m calling you out. What is God asking you to do? Stop waiting. Stop dragging your feet. God’s plan for you is greater than anything you could imagine. Stop procrastinating. It is in your best interest to do what God is telling you to do. So, go. Do it.
Lord, help me to never put off anything You have called me to do. Help me to wait where I should but, also, act when I should. Give me the wisdom to know the difference and the courage to act. In Jesus’ name. Amen.