Renewal Under King Hezekiah
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2 Chronicles 29:1-36, 2 Chronicles 30:1-27, 2 Chronicles 31:1-21, Micah 6:6-8
BY Seana Scott
Many articles today tell us that Serena William’s father started coaching her in tennis as soon as she could hold a racket and hit the ball over the net. They practiced for hours every day in their inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood court. Toss and hit, toss and hit, toss and hit. Serena and her sister grew in skill and notoriety because of their father’s diligence in training them. So much so that Serena’s family moved to Florida for her and her sister to attend a special tennis school, where they trained six hours a day, six days a week, for four years. Focus and diligence led Serena Williams to win twenty-three Grand Slam singles titles and to become, some say, the greatest female athlete of all time.
Diligence helps us achieve lofty goals. We see this truth also in the life of King Hezekiah. He was raised by his mom, Abijah, whom we can assume diligently saw to the training of her son to know the ways of the Lord—because when he takes the throne, He’s ready to return Israel to worshiping Yahweh (2Chronicles 29:1–2).
In his first month of kingship, “he opened the doors of the LORD’s temple and repaired them” (v.3). In the following months, he gathered the priests and the Levites and petitioned them to consecrate themselves and the temple (vv.4–5). He also established the service of the Lord’s temple (v.35) and sent couriers to invite Israelites to observe the Passover (2Chronicles 30:1). Along with celebrating the Festival of Unleavened Bread (although imperfectly), the Lord accepted their worship (v.27). In addition, King Hezekiah oversaw the removal of idols (2Chronicles 30:14,31:1), re-established the divisions of priests and Levites, and set up offerings to support the Levites in their work so they could devote themselves to the law of the Lord.
Hezekiah diligently served the Lord, and the Spirit used him to reshape the nation’s heart to worship Yahweh. And I wonder, how can we diligently serve the Lord like Hezekiah in our corner-office chair, or the soccer field, or neighborhood?
I think we can follow his example by diligently doing what is right—and doing first what we ask others to do. King Hezekiah brought out of his possessions the offerings for the regular morning and evening burnt offerings, the offerings of the Sabbaths, New Moons, and appointed feasts—before he asked others to contribute (2Chronicles 31:3–4). He only asked others to go where he was willing to go first.
What is the work God has given you today? Maybe it’s diligently answering emails, helping a co-worker finish a project, or the manual labor of caring for a family.
Whatever our day looks like, God gifted us this holy labor, this job of service, to do for His glory. What is one practical way you will diligently follow God today as an example for others to follow—right where you are?