Short Reflection: When God Let You Be Alone

Even in the matter of the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone only to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.
2 Chronicles 32:31 NASB

I had been very busy at work the past days and will still be very busy the coming days. Reading the Bible and meditating the Word of God has been a bit of a struggle since most of the time my mind is pre-occupied by the things about work. At times, I feel less of the presence of God because of not much time I spend with Him, which makes me also feel alone.

This passage is a welcome reminder for me. God is testing my heart, having to work really hard is good but I have to guard my heart whether I get my satisfaction by working for hours more than my quiet time. The Lord is also letting me see how seemingly innocent things can be my idol, things that I prioritizes over my relationship with God.

I know that t is easier said than done, but I will try my best with the grace of God to manage my time well. Of course, for sure God wants me to honor Him through my job, it is just I need to balance things and be reminded of my priorities.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

Short Reflection: When God Let You Be Alone

Even in the matter of the envoys of the rulers of Babylon, who sent to him to inquire of the wonder that had happened in the land, God left him alone only to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.
2 Chronicles 32:31 NASB

I had been very busy at work the past days and will still be very busy the coming days. Reading the Bible and meditating the Word of God has been a bit of a struggle since most of the time my mind is pre-occupied by the things about work. At times, I feel less of the presence of God because of not much time I spend with Him, which makes me also feel alone.

This passage is a welcome reminder for me. God is testing my heart, having to work really hard is good but I have to guard my heart whether I get my satisfaction by working for hours more than my quiet time. The Lord is also letting me see how seemingly innocent things can be my idol, things that I prioritizes over my relationship with God.

I know that it is easier said than done, but I will try my best with the grace of God to manage my time well. Of course, for sure God wants me to honor Him through my job, it is just I need to balance things and be reminded of my priorities.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

Short Reflection: God Purifies Heart

For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.”
2 Chronicles 30:18‭-‬19 NASB

Today’s passage is profoundly in line with what we know about salvation, that is, it is a gift from God not because of our own doings. The passage tells us that many Israelites ate in the Passover but for whatever reason had not purified themselves which is not according to the purification law. King Hezekiah knew that he had to pray for the unpurified so he did.

With this, God really looks at the heart of those who come to Him. We learned in the succeeding verses that God did not condemn His people for violating the law, rather He let His people celebrate with worship and gladness.

God knows that no matter what we do, we will always fail purifying ourselves for Him if our heart is in not the right place. It is by His grace alone that we can only be reconciled to Him through our faith in Jesus Christ, He stirs our hearts to His direction – purifying us from our sins.

Finally, our Hezekiah is Jesus! He always prays for us not to stumble and for our worship be acceptable to God. Thanks be to Him!

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia

Short Reflection: My Life As Extension Of God’s Grace

For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your sons will find compassion before those who led them captive and will return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.”
2 Chronicles 30:9 NASB

As I reflect on this passage, it is pretty clear that my repentance and reconciliation with God does not only bring blessings to my life but also bring blessings to those who are close to me.

The background of this verse is that king Hezekiah, being a ruler who did what was pleasing in the sight of God, reinstituted the celebration of the Passover. Not only he involved his people in Judah but he extended the invitation to the people of Israel so they could celebrate together. Though not all joined, there were who yielded to the invitation.

As I follow Jesus, I should always remember that my surrender and obedience to Him will not only for my benefit. My life should be a living invitation of God’s grace, which may the Lord use to bring people to Him or for His name to be proclaimed. Only God’s grace and compassion can free us from the sins of the world that enslave us.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia