2 Chronicles 30:18-20 “Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, ‘May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets his heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of his fathers—even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.’ And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”
down the altars to other gods, repaired the
I think this is a really hopeful story. No matter how far off track we’ve gotten in our walk with God, you can always pull it together and start over. Even if it’s not exactly according to Hoyle, that’s okay. It’s the intention to be faithful to God that matters. God doesn’t strike Hezekiah with lightning for having Passover a month late; God blesses him for having it at all. God doesn’t show up at Passover and say, “Well, it’s about time you did this…you know it’s been 300 years, where have you been?” There is no scolding lecture. God simply pours out blessings, grateful that the people have turned back to their first love…even if the timing is wrong and some people haven’t done the ritual properly.
I have found that’s how God is with me. If my devotional life is left unattended for a time, the only consequences I suffer are the natural ones that come from distancing myself from God. Once I get my act together and get back in the groove, God’s blessings flow again as if I had never been away. There is no condemnation, no need to grovel, just a joy at being back in God’s presence.
wherever you are in your walk, take heart.
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of going to church, praying, reading
the Bible, or whatever, you can always just start doing it again. God will be delighted to have you back and
you won’t get the first lecture about how bad you’ve been for dropping the
ball. As with the people of
I’m coming back, Lord. Thank you for receiving me. Amen.
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