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II Chronicles 31: 20-21 ” This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s Temple and in obedience to the Law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

King Hezekiah sought God’s ultimate plan and purpose in his life.  He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and followed His Word carefully.  It says that he sought the Lord wholeheartedly in all he did…and in doing so, he blessed many and in turn was greatly blessed by God.

II Chronicles 31:5 ” As soon as the order went out, the Isralites generously gave the fristfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.”

The other day I helped at the local Food Pantry organizing all the donated food that’s coming in this time of the year from the  many food drives going on… there was a mountain of food to find a place for.  It struck me how  willingly and joyfully  the people of this area are in donating to this great cause…and because of their generous nature, many will have food on their tables this holiday season.  We can’t be tight-fisted, just giving the bare minimum  of what we have to others…for it’s really not ours in the first place…the Lord has blessed us with it.  Instead, we need to be happy and glad to give, for it tells us in II Corinthians 9:7, “God loves a cheerful giver.”  This Scripture shows us that they gave generously of all they had, not holding back but giving with a open hand and a big heart.  I pray we may become that type of people.

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

People have really good excuses why they don’t want anything to do with God.  “Religion is only for the weak that need a crutch.”  “I’ll get right with God when I get old and about to die…you know, like Fire Insurance…something you have just incase.”  “I don’t believe any of that mumbo-jumbo Jesus garbage.”   So when you’re confronted by this, what is the best answer?  The Truth.  You don’t need to defend God…He’s perfectly capable of defending Himself, thank you.  You state the Truth in love, but neither do you water down the Truth to make it more palatable for all.   The Truth is,  if you forsake God, He’ll reject you…forever.

II Chronicles 20:15 “He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’ “

In so many struggles we can find ourselves totally defenseless…outmanned and outmaneuvered.  And as the fighting escalates, we are worn down and demoralized by the toll it takes on us…mentally, physically, and spiritually.   For when you are ill-equipped for battle…you have no chance.  Why then do we think we have to do all the fighting,  when God tells us He’s got our back?  Spiritual warfare is His specialty, not ours.  All He asks of us is to stand and watch Him work.  For in Psalm 91:7-8 says, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only observe with your eyes…”

II Chronicles 7:14 ” If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The requirements of the Lord are many in this scripture.  The prerequisites He has laid out are strict, fundamental, but necessary.  If we want to see God moving in this world…we need to fulfill our part in this scripture first.  For it says, “Then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  We do our part…then He’ll do His.

II Chronicles 30: 18-20 ” Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manassh, Issachar, and Zebulum had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the Lord, Who is good, pardon everyone who sets 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.”

In these verses we see the spirit of the Law vs the letter of the Law.  In Matthew 23:23 Jesus chastised the Pharisees for their legalism and in doing so losing sight of the more important matters of the Law…things like justice, mercy, and faithfulness.  The Lord always searches the heart for honesty and sincerity and will reward accordingly.