October 17–Open the Doors of the Temple of the LORD…Open the Doors of Our Hearts

In the first year of the first month of King Hezekiah’s reign [715BC], he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them. 2 Chronicles 29:3

The king of Judah before Hezekiah was Ahaz. And Ahaz had turned from God and worshiped idols and false gods…”he set up altars to them on every street corner in Jerusalem.” Ahaz defiled and robbed the temple of the LORD…and even went so far as to ”shut the doors of the LORD’s temple…”—2 Chronicles 28:24

King Hezekiah was the son of Ahaz. But he did not follow in his footsteps. Hezekiah is described as doing “what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.”—2 Chronicles 29:2

And Hezekiah “opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them”…and did so much more to bring back the honest and true worship of the LORD…and to honor the LORD in his own life and in the lives of the people he led as king.

Where have we let others block us in some way from serving and worshiping the LORD? Where have we let others shut us away from putting our trust the LORD? Where have we let the actions or words of others hurt us or disappoint or frustrate us so much that we have shut ourselves away from the LORD in our woundedness, anger or self-pity?

Where have we ourselves—because of our own sin, pride, stubbornness, laziness—shut the doors of our hearts to worshiping and living for our LORD?

It’s time to FULLY open the doors of the temple of the LORD in our own lives…no matter what or who may have shut them. It’s time to FULLY open the doors of our hearts to worship and love the LORD our God with all that we are.

May our God, the Holy One, the Almighty LORD show each one of us how to open the doors of the temple of the LORD…the doors to our own hearts so that we may each truly worship the LORD each new day…so that we may worship the LORD—seeking His forgiveness, cleansing and renewal…so that we may worship the LORD—seeking to be His child…living in the righteousness, love and forgiveness towards others that LORD Himself has given to us through His Son Jesus Christ.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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