December 21 – Today’s Readings – 2Chronicles 28-30 and Proverbs 21
2 Chronicles 29:2-7 reads, “He [Hezekiah] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side and said: ‘Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD, the God of your fathers. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the LORD’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him. They also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They did not burn incense or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary to the God of Israel.”
Having read these three chapters, we should never again be lethargic about who we elect to lead our nation. Within a few weeks of King Hezekiah coming to power, the entire nation began to come back to the Lord. The previous “bad” King had been so unfaithful to God that he had literally locked up the Temple. Instead, the city of Jerusalem was filled with places to worship gods of wood and bronze. The manner in which these gods were worshiped was horrible but none was so bad as the out-going king’s chosen god, Baal who demanded that fathers burn their children to death in sacrifice to him. Just imagine a king of Judah sacrificing his own son to a demon! It’s inconceivable!
Let’s not ever think that “all politicians are the same” – they are not! Some men and women want to please God, some want to worship devils, some live under the control of destructive philosophies, and some live only to please themselves. Churches living under the authority of a God-fearing national, provincial or civic leader will prosper because the spiritual climate of a nation can be changed by the leaders of the nation. A city can be changed because of an elected civic government that wants to please God.
Maybe it’s time we started training our children to be leaders of cities, provinces, and the nation! Let’s quit hating all politicians and begin to promote Godly people who are sticking their necks out and running for office! It’s time for more Hezekiahs to come to power and its time for the Church to unify and elect them.
“Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” [Acts 13:21-22] Now that’s the kind of “King” I want to see as head of the nation.
1. If Godly leadership can change the spiritual climate of a nation, what do think would happen if the boss of a workplace wanted to please God?
2. What do you think would happen to a work environment if enough “workers” became focused on pleasing God?
3. How about just one “real” Christian?