The Restoration Project
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Chronicles 29-31; James 4
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 29:1-30
When Hezekiah became king at the age of twenty-five, he knew the people of Judah needed to return to God. After sixteen years under the leadership of the evil king Ahaz, they were in desperate need of a major restoration project. Most of us at some point in our lives are going to stumble and fall, and when we do, we will need the same thing. Whether we are away from God for an hour or for years, we can learn a lot about restoring our relationship with God by the steps King Hezekiah took with the people of Judah.
During Ahaz’s reign, he closed the temple, so the first step Hezekiah took was to reopen it. (Vs. 3) For us today, our lives and our hearts are our temples, and when we turn away from God, we close them down. To begin our restoration project, we must reopen our hearts to God. Hezekiah knew how far the people were from God, and he recognized the consequences of their sins. (Vss. 6-10) We must also acknowledge the consequences of our own sinfulness, and seek to place God back into the forefront of our lives.
Hezekiah’s next step was to remove everything from the temple that was offensive to God. (Vss. 16-17) In addition, he replaced all of the unclean and evil items with items that would be pleasing to God. (Vss. 18-19) As we continue our own restoration projects, we must do the same thing. We must remove anything from our lives that has caused us to stray from God’s path, and replace the evil inside of us with God’s Word and His Spirit. Just as Hezekiah rededicated the temple to the Lord (Vss. 20-23), we must rededicate our lives to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While Hezekiah had to sacrifice animals as a sin offering to God (Vss. 24-28), all we need to do is ask God for forgiveness of our sins and recognize the perfect sacrifice already made for us by Christ.
The final step in Judah’s restoration and our own is praising God. (Vss. 29-30) Once we have successfully restored our relationship with Him, we can praise Him for His mercy, His grace, and His forgiveness. The wonderful thing about God is that no matter how far away from Him we might become or how broken we may be, we can always be restored to a right relationship with Him. If you have found yourself far from God recently, begin your restoration project today. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will be able to rest in the loving arms of Christ.
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