Have you seen the pictures of major cities during the pandemic? I live near Los Angeles, and someone posted pictures of the first day in quarantine and then one thirty days later. The first day you could barely see the skyline because of all of the smog. On day thirty, the horizon was completely clear with blue skies, quite the contrast in a short amount of time. It was like a breath of fresh air had blown through the city. Sometimes we need the same thing in our spiritual life.
“Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.”
Tear Down Those Altars
Israel had an idol problem during the time of King Hezekiah. Wherever there was a high place, the people had erected Asherah poles and altars to foreign gods. Hezekiah had restarted the Passover feast to remind the people of what God had done for them, and now he commissioned the people to leave Jerusalem and go to their villages and tear down the places of idol worship. The people were obedient and did what the king told them. Then Hezekiah reestablished the order of the Priesthood and set things right in the temple.
The king was getting Israel’s spiritual house in order. He was removing the idols and putting God back in the place where He deserved to be. Because of that, God prospered his work. Jesus does the same thing when we get our spiritual house in order. When we remove the idols that have taken our attention away from God and reestablish our worship, Jesus takes notices and brings a breath of fresh air into our hearts. Is that something that you are needing?
A Breath of Fresh Air
King Hezekiah sought the Lord with all of his heart. It wasn’t a hobby but a full-time job. When we want God to breathe new life into our hearts, it is going to take some effort on our part. Not only do we need to clean house, but we need to spend that necessary time in prayer and reading God’s Word to refocus our eyes and heart on what is important. James tells us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). Seek that breath of fresh air in your life.