Today's encouragement comes from 2 Kings 18:22, where we read these words:
"But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?"
This verse (above) records the words of the Assyrian official, who was seek-ing to taunt and discourage the people of Jerusalem, during Hezekiah's reign. What is intriguing, is that he thought Hezekiah (who was a very faithful be-liever in the Lord) had *dishonored* God, by his (Hezekiah's) tearing down of "high places" and "altars."
In the True Religion, less is more. And even though there were fewer places for people to be religious—the ground was laid for them to be actually faithful and obedient (to God), through Hezekiah's reforms. Let us be less-impressed by pomp and circumstance; and more committed to God's truth—especially as it is incarnated in Jesus.
[Puritan quote of the day: " 'Yes, I know, Satan, that Christ loves me, because you tell me that He hates me.' “ —William Bridge, in, "A Lifting Up for the Downcast"]