When the festival ended, the Israelites who attended went to all the towns of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh, and they smashed all the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherah poles, and removed the pagan shrines and altars. After this, the Israelites returned to their own towns and homes.
2 Chronicles 31:1 (NLT)
This is one of the verses in today’s One Year Bible reading plan. This section of 2 Chronicles is detailing the revival and reforms put in place by King Hezekiah. Unlike many of Judah’s kings, Hezekiah was righteous and honestly sought to please God. One of the highlights of his reign was the purging of pagan idols and shrines. He wanted people to worship the one, true God. Part of that required the removal of all gods that got in the way.
We may not worship pagan deities today but we all have things that get in the way of us worshiping God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. I know I do. They’re not always bad things. It is true that we sometimes let sin get in the way and we follow our own selfish desires but I would guess that most of the things that distract us aren’t bad. We let jobs, relationships, entertainment, and all sorts of things take precedence in our lives. Once again…I am guilty as well.
Hezekiah realized that the best way to make God first is to remove those things that take our worship away from Him. He knew it was time to smash idols. I have to continually stop and examine my life and see what I need to smash. Perhaps you do too.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.