February 25, 2010

Wholeheartedly Seeking God

2 Chronicles 31:20-32:8

Hezekiah … sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.
2 Chronicles 31:20–21


God’s Word gives us lots of perspectives, promises, and guidance about seeking him. In God’s Word we also find clear examples of people who sincerely sought after the Lord and were blessed beyond measure.

King Hezekiah sought after God in everything that he did. From the very beginning of his reign, when he became king over Judah at age 25, Hezekiah did “what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God.” For Hezekiah, seeking God meant reestablishing the worship of God throughout the land. That meant taking on specific projects: purifying the temple, restoring the celebration of the Passover, smashing idols, and ordering people to give support for the worship at the temple. The king also motivated everyone by his own example of generosity, and money gifts poured in. (See 2 Chronicles 31.)

The chronicler sums up this seeking after God as working “wholeheartedly.” In other words, Hezekiah sought God not by cloistering himself away from everyday life but rather by rolling up his sleeves and fixing things. He got his hands dirty in the hard work of getting every part of worship right again.

So let’s seek God wholeheartedly in all we do. Staying in tune with God through worship, we know God is with us always. God is our comfort and strength.

Father, thank you for the gift of worship that keeps us in tune with you. Strengthen us in knowing you are always with us, and may we honor your name always. Amen

About the author — Kenneth D. Koeman

Rev. Ken Koeman is a pastor at Bellevue, Washington, Christian Reformed Church. He has written Today devotions in past years and has also authored numerous articles for The Banner, the magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. Ken and his wife, Kay, live in Bellevue and have two children and five grandchildren.

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