Doing Good

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Chronicles 29-32

Hezekiah did what was right in the sight of God. He restored temple worship. He renewed the covenant with God. He led the people to worship with joy. He encouraged them to give generously. He reinstated the Passover. He sent missionaries to the Israelites, most of whom mocked the missionaries. When some came to partake of the Passover being ritually unclean but sincere in heart, he prayed for them and they were forgiven. He broke down altars dedicated to idols. When the king of Assyria threatened to attack, he prayed and God destroyed many of the Assyrians. When he sinned through his pride, he humbled himself before God, thereby averting God’s wrath.

Because we are not in as influential a position, we may not be able to do as much good as Hezekiah. But every one of us has many opportunities to do good. By the way in which we live our lives, we can be a blessing to our family, our neighbors, our church and our community. What is your goal in life? To see how many luxuries you can enjoy? Or is your goal to do all the good you can to all the people you can in every way you can? God blessed Hezekiah. “Every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law . . . prospered.” God blesses faithfulness.

PRAYERFather, help us to aim not at our pleasure but at ministry by which we can be a blessing. In Christ. Amen.