The common denominator for the people of Israel thriving was their unity in devotion to God’s presence and His direction.
As we approach our text below, we must understand that Israel had yet again neglected the Temple (devotion to His presence) and the Passover (remembering God's faithfulness).
The “majority” of Israel was going through the motions of life with no regard for God.
However, King Hezekiah desired Israel to return to the Lord and begin to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem once again. He sent couriers out to all the people, carrying letters from him, inviting the people to return to God in this way, assuring them that God “will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.” (2 Chronicles 30:9, NIV). Most scorned and ridiculed the messengers, but some humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.
This brings us to our text:
“Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 30:12 (NIV)
The Father never stops calling us to Him, and we must commit to move towards Him.
However, we have to remember a paramount principle: God’s character does not bend to our whims, feelings, and preferences. We must take the first step of humility and devote our lives to be changed by His word and His presence. Then the byproduct is unity with Him and unity with those who are also in His presence.
We see in verse 10 that when the king’s couriers went out to compel Israel to come back to a posture of devotion, the “majority” scorned and ridiculed them (disunity). However, we see the “hand” of God stirring the hearts of His people. In verse 11, “some” (the minority) humbled their hearts, going to Jerusalem in unity of mind and purpose. They removed and cleared incense altars that were there and did everything else needed to celebrate before the Lord as He prescribed. In fact, even when some of the people ate the Passover incorrectly, King Hezekiah prayed for them, and God heard and healed the people. The celebration before the Lord went forth in healing, order, consecration, music, and great joy.
Even just the “some,” in unity with God’s presence and direction, can do what God desires.
True unity comes as a result of humbly committing to be in His presence, listening and yielding to what He is saying, and walking out what He speaks. It just takes a few in unity to create synergy. A small group of people walking in unity, steeped in God’s presence, can completely change a community! We at My City Church have that same opportunity. We can draw near to God ourselves and combine with one another in unity to be the solution for our community here in Omaha.
Lord, I love you so much! You have uniquely made me for this moment. Help me through humility to see what Your will is and where I can make the greatest impact today for Your glory. Bring me into unity with You and with my brothers and sisters here at My City Church so we can experience Your presence and accomplish Your will here in Omaha. I am your servant; I can’t do this without you. Give me strength as I stay connected to You and seek Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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