I read the story of Hezekiah this morning. It’s in 2nd Chronicles if you want to read the whole thing. The short version is King Hezekiah wanted to have his people celebrate the Passover. According to the rules set out in the law this was quite the undertaking. Big gathering. Lots of rules. And if they broke the rules there could be great consequences. (Sound familiar)?
So the big day comes and a bunch of people got it wrong.
Should they have purified themselves? Yes. Was it important? Yes.
But I love how the king responds.
He prays for a pardon. He’s not minimizing the risk. He’s not recommending people ignore the rule. He’s asking God to consider their intent. Their hearts.
Listen. I confirm we need to be careful in these days. I’m taking seriously my response and advocating that others do as well. In no way am I recommending we ignore the recommendations of our heath professionals or disregard the governmental guidelines. Absolutely.
I’ve been thinking about my response to people around me in these days if Covid. Do I inspect their every action and judge how closely their lives are standing up to my standard of behavior?
Are we as a society using shame more than respect? Are we assuming from a glance we know what is happening with someone else and running to tattle? Could we perhaps try asking a few questions first? Or perhaps throw some grace in the mix?
I can’t tell you what to do. And trying to keep track of your movements in life will only lead me to frustration and bitterness.
So I’m going to social distance my attitude. I’m going to pray. I’m going to focus on intent. I’m going to set my heart on God and leave the judgment to him.
I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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