Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:1-3; 30:1-32:8
Summary: Chronicles provides additional details for the reign of Hezekiah including a reestablishing of the long-neglected Passover celebration. This event happened very early in Hezekiah’s reign—before the fall of Israel—as he invited all of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, to come to Jerusalem “to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel” (2 Chron. 30:1-5).
When Life is a Mess
Have you ever messed up? That’s just silly to even ask. Ever mess up big? Probably so. Really, really big?
Here’s the deal, it’s ok, or at least it can be ok. Sure, there may be some things that you just can’t fix, but, you don’t have stay in your mess. That is what is so incredible about God.
Consider what king Hezekiah did when he sought to celebrate the neglected Passover. Not only did he lead his own people to observe what God’s Law instructed, he invited Israel—the northern kingdom–to join them in Jerusalem for the feast. “Return to the Lord,…that He may return to…you” (2 Chron. 30:6).
Not surprisingly many of them laughed and mocked at the suggestion (v. 10), but some did humble themselves and came to Jerusalem. Hezekiah’s prayer for all who assembled was, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God” (vv. 18-19).
God does want to be near us. We must humble ourselves and return to Him that He may return to us, and from Him receive His pardon.
We don’t have to stay in our mess.