“My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense." 2 Chronicles 29:11
After King Solomon’s death, the nation of
King Hezekiah warns the people to not be negligent for it is time to take a stand for the Lord. He instructed them to ask for His forgiveness, and worship Him in praise and thanksgiving. The people did all that Hezekiah directed them to do and God’s wrath was delayed. God’s mercy was once again granted to His people, despite their wickedness. The verse says that the Lord chose them to stand before Him, serve Him and minister to Him. In other words, they now had to act upon their loyalty to God, not just give Him empty words. But God is so awesome that He made a way for them to succeed in their service because He chose them and He led them in all they did. Jesus would later say that we did not choose Him but He chose us (John 15:16).
What can we learn from this story and how can we apply it to our lives? First of all, we need to see how God’s word speaks to us everyday, regardless of the chapter or verse or book of the Bible. This story may seem out of touch with our current lives but let’s look at the parallels. Even though as Christians, we may read the Bible, pray and go to church, we are easily capable of turning from the Lord. One step leads to more steps until we are farther and farther away from the Lord’s teachings. We then find ourselves engrossed in sins of idolatry and wickedness, just like the Israelites. But the Lord is always with us. He is waiting for us to come back to Him and to serve Him, just like the Israelites. And just like the Israelites, we need to know that God has chosen us. We are His if we have accepted His Son Jesus as our Savior and we need to serve Him as Lord. If we do not stand before the Lord in service to Him, we will stand and serve someone, or something, else. Today is a new day and a perfect time to come back to God. Offer your heart to Him in prayers and worship. Repent from your sins, ask forgiveness and know in your heart that God has chosen you for His own. Do not be negligent. Seize the day.