Summary: Let’s continue looking at the Old Testament story of King Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 29. Israel had forsaken God, and Hezekiah restored the worship of God and communion with God. There are several principles we can learn from this story that will help us.
Communion With God: The Foundation Of Life – Part 2
1. Did you know that God desires your constant communion? If you look up the word “communion” in Webster’s, it defines it as “intimate fellowship; a close relationship with someone or something.”
2. Mankind was created to have that daily communion with God.
3. Your daily communion with God is absolutely essential. It provides the foundation for everything else in your life.
4. What does it mean to have communion with God? At its very core, it is simply talking with God.
5. Let’s continue looking at the Old Testament story of King Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 29. Israel had forsaken God, and Hezekiah restored the worship of God and communion with God. There are several principles we can learn from this story that will help us.
First, our communion with God must be based on truth.
Second, our communion with God must be genuine.
1. Wives, when your husband expresses his love for you, the most important thing to you is that he is being sincere and genuine. Example: When he knows he’s in hot water, the flowers don’t mean as much as when he brings them to you for no reason at all.
• What if every morning he got up, and before he left that day he said in a robotic, monotone voice, “I love you, I need you, I’m glad you’re my wife.” After a few days of that, it wouldn’t mean much, would it?
• When he says, “I love you,” you want to know it is coming from his heart, deep inside.
2. Did you know God is the same way? Matthew 22:37-38
• Notice, Christ didn’t say, “Love God with your body, or voice, or fancy, eloquent words.” He said to love God with your all your heart, soul, and mind.
• Let’s look at John 4:24. This is speaking of your inner spirit. You have a spirit that resides in a body, and God designed your spirit to communicate with Him. When you commune with God, it is your spirit responding to God’s Spirit.
• When Christ said to love God with all your heart, He meant that our fellowship with God should be heartfelt and genuine.
3. When you pray and talk to God, it is not an issue of saying just the right words; the issue is that you must mean what you say. Example: Matthew 15:8-9
• The scribes and Pharisees were worshiping and talking to God, but it didn’t mean anything to God. In fact, it was an insult to God. Their lips were saying one thing, but God saw that their hearts were in an entirely different place.
4. In our text, Hezekiah led the nation of Israel in unified worship of God, but the key is in verse 10, “Now it is in mine heart…” (cf. vs. 31) “…as many as were of a free heart…”
• Their communion with God was very pleasing to God because it was straight from their hearts.
5. When you commune with God, be real, be genuine, and be yourself.
• Don’t try to imitate somebody else’s words or style. Some like to commune with God outdoors, some inside, some on their knees, some standing up or walking, some with hymns, some with praise choruses, some by raising their hands, some by somberness, some by laughing and shouting, some with crying and tears (and you may change from day to day).
• A lot of it has to do with our backgrounds and personalities. God made us all different, and so we won’t all express our love to God the same way.
6. When we commune with God, God is simply looking for people who are honest and real before Him. There is no pretense or charade.
Third, our communion with God should be sacrificial.
1. Allow me to share two different scenarios between a husband and wife.
• Illustration: A husband brings flowers home to his wife. He got them from a funeral he went to that day.
• Illustration: A husband gives his wife a sentimental birthday card, and she finds out that his assistant at work picked it out for him to give to her.
o What is her attitude when she finds out about these things? “You mean you couldn’t take the time….”
o What is the problem in both of these situations? It didn’t cost him anything. There was no sacrifice whatsoever.
2. In 2 Samuel 24:24, David said, “…neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.”
3. Here in our text, King Hezekiah and all these worshipers sweat, toil, and repair the house of God. They also invest in bullocks, goats, rams, and lambs. vs. 31-32