2 Chronicles 29: Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty-five years old; he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 2 He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, just as his ancestor David had done.
Hezekiah was one of the great kings of ancient Judah, reforming the abominable practices of multiple kings before him. One of my bible commentaries says there were 13 generations between David and Hezekiah, well over 200 years. And for most of that time the kings of Judah turned away from God, worshipped other gods, and generally incurred God’s wrath. Yet just when we might have thought it’s “game over” for the people, Hezekiah reformed things and, in so doing, provided new life for his people. His story highlights a very important truth:
It’s never to late to return to the Lord.
There are seasons when I catch myself wandering from the Lord. It’s not an intentional thing, but sometimes I’m just less focused on my spiritual life. I’m captured by “busyness” and tell myself I don’t have time to read scripture or pray or worship as I should. Or sometimes I’m disappointed and stay angry with God for a while. That kind of thing ever happen to you?
Part of my strategy for staying connected to God is writing this blog. Perhaps reading this blog helps you in a similar way. I hope so. But one thing I know for sure: with so many distractions and activities competing for our attention, staying connected to God requires effort and intentionality.
Gracious God, even when we stray from you for long periods of time, you’re always ready to welcome us back. Give us grace that we might not wander in the first place. And if we have, give us grace to return to you. Right now. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.