2 Chronicles 29:3-36-31:21
2 Chronicles 31:4-5, “He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits…”
“It’s time someone made some changes around here!” Have you ever had that thought? Perhaps the previous manager was a tyrant, your house is in chaos, or you can’t reach a customer service rep for assistance! Or, maybe you simply looked at the world and are utterly dismayed at how far it’s fallen from God.
King Hezekiah likely had a similar thought. After the Levitical priesthood and true worship of God had gone neglected under the reign of numerous evil kings, Hezekiah said, “It’s time to make some changes! What we’ve been doing is obviously not working!” Therefore, he reorganized the priests and resumed the temple work. He also commanded the Israelites to tithe – to give so the priests could fully and better devote themselves to God’s service. Hezekiah made it a priority and a requirement because he knew of the importance of honoring the Lord and the powerful effect that generosity has on hearts.
And the people responded! They followed his lead because he inspired them by how diligently he committed to carrying out God’s will. Today’s reading says the Israelites gave generously with the first portion of all they produced, without grumbling or hesitation. With that in mind, consider your own response when asked to give. Does it make you feel like clenching your fists or opening your palms? And, like Hezekiah, do your actions inspire others to avail their time and resources in service and honor to God?
Dear God, Guide my heart to give with Your spirit of generosity. Use me to lead and inspire others in serving You that Your house may be full and countless lives forever changed. Amen!