What’s your view of God? I’m not asking for you to draw a picture here, but what characteristics do you think of? What kind of personality do you envision?
One of the biggest questions people have regarding God is whether he is actually good or not. They see suffering in the world and natural disasters and wonder how God could possibly be good. Some even take it a step further and read part of the Old Testament and see people killed for what seem like small mistakes. And though we don’t have time to answer the ENORMOUS question of whether God is good or not, I think this week’s reading in Chronicles will help.
As King Hezekiah tries to draw the Israelites back to faithfulness and reinstates celebrating Passover, which had long since fallen by the wayside, he does it imperfectly. The people are unclean and all the specified standards aren’t met…but God is pleased none the less.
So why was his effort acceptable and others’ in Scripture were not? We can look back on a powerful verse: “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).