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DO GOOD AND SUFFER

2 Chronicles 32:1
Steve Marquez

Hezekiah, from the beginning of his reign sought the LORD. He cleansed the Temple, set up Temple services with sacrifices and offerings, and held a Passover celebration for all the Children Of Israel, including those in the north. He made sure the priests and Levites were provided for in order that they could serve the LORD. In essence, he led the people back to the LORD their God.

It says this about Hezekiah: “And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.” (2 Chronicles 31:21)

You would think immediately that because of all the right choices that Hezekiah made, he would never have any problems in his life. You would think that the rest of the life of Hezekiah would be a bed of roses and that he would have health, wealth, and prosperity.

But read the very next verse: “After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah; he encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself.” 2 Chronicles 32:1

In the popular theology of our day, if you seek God, do the right thing, you should have no problems. But that is simply not the case. You can seek God with all your heart and still be broke. You can seek God with your whole heart and make good choices and still get sick. You can seek God and still go through difficulty and trials.

You see, we have an enemy much like Hezekiah’s. Our enemy desires to kill, steal, and destroy. Think about that. He wants to kill, because we are alive in Christ! He wants to steal, because we have riches in Christ! He wants to destroy, because we have been built up in Christ. If we weren’t seeking God, the enemy would leave us alone. No, it is because we are seeking God and because we have made the right choices that the enemy comes and attacks.

Think about it. What happened after Jesus began His public ministry? He was brought into the wilderness to be tempted. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1

Are you going through a rough patch right now? But you’re thinking, “I have sought you, Lord; I have made a choice for You! I have left my former life and followed you with all my heart. And this is what I get?”

Be encouraged. The attack means your on the right track.

D. V.

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