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Today's Verse

In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God's laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful. — II Chronicles 31:21 NLT

Devotion

Hezekiah was one of the good kings of Judah. II Chronicles 29 begins by saying this about him: "He did what was pleasing in the Lord's sight, just as his ancestor David had done." (II Chronicles 29:2) One of the pleasing things he did was to repair the Temple of God. However, the repair of the Temple was just one of the pleasing things he did. Our verse for today tells us that he made every effort to follow God's laws and commands in general. In short, Hezekiah did everything he could to please the Lord in every area of life.

Even more, Hezekiah sought the Lord, sought the Lord wholeheartedly, in order to make sure that everything he did would be pleasing to Him. After all, how are you going to please the Lord if you don't seek Him out, if you don't find out what it is that He wants? Hezekiah didn't just do what he wanted to do and then gratuitously assume the Lord would be pleased with it. He sought the Lord wholeheartedly and found out what the Lord wanted- and then he did that.

Today, you stand ready to do your part in the Kingdom of God. No doubt, you want to please the Lord as well. If so, then don't just go out and do what you figure will please the Lord. Seek the Lord out, seek Him out wholeheartedly, just like Hezekiah did. Find out what the Lord wants from you and then do that. The world has enough Christians trying to please the Lord in the power of their own minds and in the strength of their own efforts. The world needs more seekers after the Lord. We need the Lord's ideas to prevail, not the ideas of people that assume too much.

It pays to do this. Our verse for today tells us that Hezekiah "was very successful." When he sought the Lord and did what the Lord wanted the Lord got behind his efforts and made them successful.

It will work that way for you too.