Our verse of reference in 2 Chronicles 26 is:
“In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them.” (2 Chronicles 29:3 NIV).
What to do at the start of a new job or assuming a new responsibility?
Historical review. – In sharp contrast to the reckless government reforms that Ahaz made, Hezekiah came to the throne determined to do everything in his power to save Judah from the demise of the northern kingdom. During this crisis, Hezekiah proved to be the appropriate man for the job. A soon as he ascended to the throne, he began to make plans and execute them. First he turned his attention to the restoration of the services in the temple of God, which were neglected for so long. Hezekiah asked the priests to unite with him in making the necessary reforms. He exhorted them: “My sons, be not negligent: for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, and to serve him, and be his ministers, and burn incense.” PR 245, 246.
First things first. – When Hezekiah became king, the first thing he did was to turn to God, because when start something with God at our site, thigns will shine and prosper under His guide. The Bible instruct us to: “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything else will be added (Mat 6:33). When you start something new: dating, marriage, job, business, or responsibility, to seek God to grand you wisdom, patience, love and efficiency. Let’s make a faithful covenant with God, the same way as Hezekiah did. (verse 10).
Train work teams.- For reforms to be agile and effective, they have to involve as many participants as possible. Hezekiah brought together the Levites and priests, then added to those which had been purified. Lets inpire and manage spiritual, moral and social reforms, but involve others to also take part in the change.
Father of abundant blessings. We thank you because you give us opportunities to work for you and engage in new activities. We ask you to awake in us the desire to seek you first as we start any new challenge. Give us the ability to inspire and bring others to work in the reformation of the world. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo J. Rios.