And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly. ~2 Chronicles 29:36
Being spontaneous is when we do something by natural impulse or tendency. It is something we do on the spot that was not necessarily planned for. There are many things we do that are planned and premeditated. This is part of being organized and orderly. There are other times when we must be spontaneous in our response and action. This morning, we see a powerful lesson on the thing that was done suddenly by Hezekiah.
We see the conviction.
“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.” A conviction is something we believe so strongly in that we are unmovable about this belief. It is a belief that we would make a required sacrifice for. Hezekiah inherited a kingdom that was in spiritual disarray. His father, King Ahaz, gave away the treasures of the house of the Lord, desecrated it, and closed its doors. Hezekiah was influenced for the Lord by his mother, Abijah, and grandfather, Zechariah. Despite the evil influence of his father, Hezekiah did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. Doing right in the sight of the Lord is doing everything that is pleasing to God. Regardless if others are with you, you will do that which is right.
We see the compulsion.
“He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.” A firm conviction results in a personal compulsion. He was compelled to open the doors of the house of the Lord. There was no need for discussion. He did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. The first thing he did as king was to reopen God’s house. He obeyed the impulse of the Holy Spirit to open the doors to God’s house and start the process of getting the house in order for people to return to worship. Leaders will often have to be spontaneous in leading people to do right.
We see the commitment.
Hezekiah committed himself, the Levites, and priests to removing the filth and disrepair in the Lord’s house. Then, they set in order the right practices for burnt offerings, sin offerings, and sacrifices that were required in the law. Once they started, there was no turning back. There were no second thoughts. Even though the people got used to the doors being closed, Hezekiah’s spontaneous commitment demonstrated that God’s house was important for the worship of God.
We see the completion.
Hezekiah and the people rejoiced when the house of God was set in order. There is always joy when spontaneous leadership and action directs people to join hands together in doing what is right. God’s people must be spontaneous in response when it comes to prayer, soulwinning, surrender for service, taking up offerings, and repentance. When things need to be set in order in God’s house, we must be spontaneous and set in motion what needs to be done. When there is a need for forgiveness and restoration, we must be spontaneous. Let us be careful of falling into the trap of always calculating and weighing our options when the right thing is to do is obey the Lord.
Have a Spirit-led God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 16-17