The Taylor family always takes a family vacation to Florida around the Fourth of July holiday. It is a long drive, but it’s worth the trip when they get there. It’s their tradition before they hit the road to wash, wax, and vacuum out the minivan. It’s pretty awful to begin your family vacation with last week’s french fries still tucked between the seats. A clean start is the best way to travel.

God’s people needed a clean start during King Hezekiah’s days. They needed spiritual renewal and a fresh focus on God.

“Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary” (2 Chronicles 29:5).

Hezekiah instructed the priests to clean and sanctify the temple. He knew for them to move closer to God, they had to deal with some neglected areas of their lives. It was a time of cleaning before their journey.

It’s time to ask God to purify our lives. It’s time to repent and turn from anything that opposes God’s way of life.

Challenge for Today: Write down anything that comes to mind that may be a hindrance in your relationship with God. Repent, and then throw away the piece of paper.

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 29:3–5

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