- Day 20 -
Inquire, Listen, & Obey
2 Chronicles 34:21
After Josiah purified the land and the temple, he set out to repair the temple of YAHveh (the LORD), for it lay in ruins. This is where the temple of YAHveh is in reality. YAHveh wants to rebuild His temple with living stones, with those who have been purified and are doing the work of YAHshua (Jesus) by His Spirit. First, Josiah started the purging process, then the re-consecration; and in 2 Chronicles 34:15-18, we read, “Hilkiah [the priest] … said … “I have found the book of the (teachings-Torah of YAHveh) in the house of YAHveh…and Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the rediscovered teachings of YAHveh he was pierced in his heart with godly sorrow over the rebellious disobedience of his fathers by forgetting the Almighty and His holy Commandments; which lead to the idolatry he has just wholeheartedly destroyed. Josiah had sought with all of his heart, he paid the price, he exerted the effort, and he found the King, the giver of truth—He who is everlasting truth.
“Go, inquire of YAHveh (the LORD) for me” (2 Chronicles 34:21). I can imagine Josiah also saying, “I know He is here, He will answer because the idols are gone, the abominations are gone, and what grieves Him is gone. I know He will hear and He will respond. I know He will direct. I know He will forgive. I know He will bless.”
“Go, inquire”—halleluYAH! To know the reality of His presence, that’s our inheritance. But, He will not dwell in the midst of idols, nor will we ever find Him in the midst of grievous unholy mixtures of the common and the holy. He will not be there. We waste our time; we spin our wheels and go nowhere. As already stated, “Behold, YAHveh’s hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2).
We confess Him with our lips, but our hearts will be far from Him because He will be far from ours. Our sins and idols will separate us and make a chasm between us. The desire, love, and passion for anything in this world other than YAHveh, is an idol. It is simple, He is the beginning and the end, the all in all. He alone is our exceedingly great reward. If He alone is not our motivating heart’s desire and reward, then there are idols in the way. If you say that you do not have idols, yet He is not all sufficient and you have some form of discontent and are craving and seeking some worldly and carnal satisfaction, then you have idols. He is not enough, because you are not getting enough of Him. You are not getting enough of Him because you have idols. It is a vicious cycle.
If you can’t completely forsake some thing to obediently follow YAHshua (Jesus) that makes it an idol.