Get your nose into the Bible with these daily shots of Bible inspiration and challenges. These are just a selection taken from the many more quiet-times you can find on myfishbites.
Hezekiah – God first, the rest follows – 2 Chronicles 31.20-21 - “This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.“ When I was working as a teaching assistant in a school, I used to find it interesting to go into the staff room. Sat there chatting to people, you’d hear lots of the conversations. Some people (not all) would say some pretty nasty things about students. Others would be talking about their night out drinking and clubbing at the weekend. Some would be explaining about what they were going to do when they retired. Others were on about possible jobs and promotions. Many would talk about their families or about students they were helping. These are the kinds of things that people think and talk about. No doubt King Hezekiah (who was a King of Judah, part of the nation of Israel, during the Old Testament times) had times of thinking about some of these same kinds of things. But the Bible’s “report card” on Hezekiah says that he did what was ‘good and right and faithful before the Lord… He sought God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.’ What this means is that King Hezekiah mostly obeyed God. He did things that were good, things that were right and he stayed true to God. Hezekiah did listen to other people’s advice (see 2 Chronicles 32.2) but he put God first. He also worked hard and with all his heart. And so he did well. God says to you and to me, “Put me first. Do what you can. Stick at doing what I call you to do. And as you put me first, other things will just work out. As you do what you can do, I’ll do what you can’t do!”