21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 10 : SAC and the ministries
A. Devotion - Chronicles 29:11
"My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him and that you should minister to Him and burn incense."
And this story is about a young king, only 25 years of age, King Hezekiah and the task laid before him and the choice laid in front of him (God never violates the free will He has given to us).
It was a dark period is history. King Hezekiah's father, King Ahaz, decided to take Israel out from God. He worshipped other gods. Israel was gripped by wickedness, King Ahaz made an unholy alliance with the Assyrians who in turn betrayed Israel but when young 25 year old Hezekiah took over, a young lad of 25, he made a choice not to follow his father's footsteps. Instead, King Hezekiah made his choice to bring the nation back to the one true God. And He set to put the House of God in order, to declutter Israel out of darkness, called the people to worship God Almighty and put the Levites into their rightful place as priests of the Land!
Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared all the people; we see the sudden hand of God as revival took over and the people prospered! Humility, praying and worship; moved the hands of God.
2020 presents a new norm. Confusion and fear reigns and carefully laid plans disarrayed. It also presents a time of reflection, of uncluttering our minds and come back to the peace and orderliness of God. A revival in your heart makes the Holy Spirit work. Hezekiah restored the House of God and along with him the people came with a willing heart and offered burnt offering.
As we turn the pages of stories told in the bible, this may become our experience. When God's people honor Him, He reveals His power. As the psalmist sings, "Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24)
B. Application / Self-reflection
- Will you declutter the House of God (our hearts) to give room for the Holy Spirit? Get back to the Shekinah glory of God. (Eph 4:31)
- If the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, minster unto Him and burn the incense of worship, have you adorned yourself with God's holiness? Make sure you do it and do it well.