Daily Devotions

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Psalms 86:4

Revival Begins Within

King Ahaz did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as it is written in 2 Chronicles 28. By the end of the chapter, the king had died and his son Hezekiah was instated. In spite of his upbringing, Hezekiah sought the LORD.

"Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us." (2 Chronicles 29:10) The verses just prior to this indicate that the Israelites had strayed from the LORD and were experiencing judgment for their sins. As king, it is imperative to lead the country in such a way so as to protect it and so it could possibly be interpreted that this was simply a strategic move to regain the favor of God. However, a casual reading of the rest of the chapter and the next chapter reveals that the king and the entire congregation authentically worshipped the LORD and rejoiced before Him. "And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped." (2 Chronicles 29:29)

Each person turned to the LORD. Some were sanctified according to the Law and some were not. Those that were not yet sanctified publicly did so. What we read here is the story of a real revival of a nation, turning from sin and debauchery to seriously seeking the face of the LORD. Then the LORD heard and responded: "And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people." (2 Chronicles 30:20)

Revival began in the heart of one man and spread to a nation and healing came. This is the desire of the LORD today. Will you be the one that responds? (VAL)

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