Ahhhh…That’s Better

2 Chronicles 25-29 are pretty depressing chapters of the Bible. They are filled with details of assassinations, war, idolatry, etc… Most of the events listed are of those who are in rebellion against God. Then in chapter 29 we meet king Hezekiah and things change. Hezekiah leads the people of Judah back to God and invites those in Israel to join him. Hezekiah reforms the worship of God to what God originally intended and the highpoint of this is the institution of the Passover, which had not been kept for a very long time. At the end of chapter 3o we read: 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.

God was very pleased with the obedience and worship of His people. God is definitely a God of judgment. If you refuse to follow Him, you will suffer the consequences, both on earth and, without Christ, forever in hell. But, God is also a God of mercy and grace. God relished the obedience and worship of His people. You too can turn to God after a season of rebellion. You too can come back to Him. God doesn’t promise to remove all of the consequences of rebellion, but He promises to forgive and to bless. Don’t stay in rebellion against God in any way at all. Rather, repent and let God restore joy to your life.


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