God Is Good

God Is Good

19 July 2011

Reading: 2 Chronicles 29-31; James 4
Today’s “Guest GraceNotes” is written by my friend Scott McBride.


18 Most of those who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not purified themselves. But King Hezekiah prayed for them, and they were allowed to eat the Passover meal anyway, even though this was contrary to the requirements of the Law. For Hezekiah said, “May the LORD, who is good, pardon those 19 who decide to follow the LORD, the God of their ancestors, even though they are not property cleansed for the ceremony.” 20 And the LORD listened to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people. (2 Chronicles 30:18-20 NLT)

Hezekiah was breaking God’s own rules about worshiping God! He changed the time of the Passover sacrifice, he changed the way local families could celebrate, he extended the worship time from one week to two, and he allowed “unpurified” people to share in the Passover celebration and worship God. He did all this because he knew that God is good and he knew that restoring God-worship was of utmost importance.

I am so touched by God’s grace and mercy extended to an undeserving people. This story moves me, because I can see myself in their place, and I can see Jesus, my High Priest and Savior, extending the same grace to me today. Like Hezekiah, he too broke the religion rules and is all about the come-back. He’s more than rooting for the underdog, he’s made a way for the underdogs in life to actually win.

Hezekiah made a way for the people to access God and he also asked God to forgive them. Sounds like the new testament kind of love-in-action. I need this type of openness and forgiveness from God today. I need to experience his grace and mercy – a grace and mercy that says “welcome back” or “come on in, let me help you with those things”. I don’t see this passage as condoning of sin. I see it as faith in action, like James talks about in our parallel reading for today. James 4:8 “Come close to God and he will come close to you. Wash your hands you sinners; purify your hearts…” That’s the kind of grace extension I see today as I read God’s words. That’s the kind of grace I need today and tomorrow and the day after that.


God, Thank you for your all-encompassing heart. You still invite me and others into your presence. You welcome us as we are but you don’t expect us to continue living that way. Help me to live my life each day in a way that honors and pleases you.

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