Better Late Than Never

Gary Bird

2 Chronicles 30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover unto the Lord God of Israel.

Hezekiah wanted to make a difference for the Lord. He desired a good thing and started to reinstate many biblical commands that had been forgotten. One of the biggest commands that was forsaken was the Passover. The Passover was a week-long feast to commemorate the protection of God for the children of Israel as they exited Egypt. It was a precursor to the gospel, which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This was a very noble cause; however, the Passover was commanded to take place in April. With all the many requirements that needed to take place before the Passover could be celebrated, it was impossible for this observance to happen before May. So, was Hezekiah just going to sit by and do nothing until the following year, or move forward with what was right even though he was late?

As you can tell from the text, Hezekiah sprang into action and God was pleased that he did! Maybe you are someone who is telling yourself that you can’t start serving God because it’s too late. Or maybe you tell yourself it’s too late to fix your relationships. Perhaps you think you can’t come back to church because it’s just been too long...this isn’t the case!

It’s never too late to start doing right! Sure, you might not get everything right or maybe you’ll miss out on some blessings by not acting early enough. But remember, you are missing out on other blessings if you don’t start doing right today! Let’s look at the practical steps Hezekiah took to start doing right even though he was starting late:

1. Spreading the Word

Hezekiah started a tract drop mission right away. He sent letters door to door with the good news about the Passover. It would be wise for us to do the same if we want to get on track for God. Begin to share the good news door to door about Jesus during soul winning.

2. Taking Good Counsel

Hezekiah took counsel from other leaders that knew more about the Passover and the Bible than he did. This helped him move forward with an attitude “better late than never.” Find godly counsel to do the same for yourself! Get and follow good counsel.

3. Participating with Others

Hezekiah didn’t watch this unfold from his castle windows. He took an active part and led the way. He offered support, brought sacrifices, and encouraged others to do the same. Encourage someone to come along with you as you head down the road of doing right. Not everyone will follow, but some will.

Don’t wait to start doing what you know is right. Be another Hezekiah and start doing right today! Remember, it’s better late than never. God is pleased when we take action and do what’s right for His service.

Gary Bird

Gary and his family are core members of our church. He assists with multiple minsitries. He and his wife Jessica have four children.

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