A Good Impulse
Maybe you impulsively buy something you see online. Maybe you impulsively sneak a handful of M&Ms from the candy dish. Whatever your impulsive behavior may be, would it not be better if we impulsively did something good?
What if you impulsively bought your wife flowers? Or if you impulsively ate rice cakes? (My wife and I have a debate about these things. I say they’re flavored Styrofoam. She disagrees.) What if you impulsively wrote notes of encouragement? Oh, what a world we would live in!
You can get to place in your life where you can have good impulses, but notice the path Hezekiah had to take. Hezekiah was convicted personally and began following the ways of the Lord. He had to turn away from the ways of his wicked father. He encouraged the religious leaders to follow the Lord, too. He encouraged them to do something they hadn’t done in a very long time—sanctify the Temple and sacrifice to the Lord. Hezekiah takes the leaders of Judah to a special worship service. They are lost in their worship. Eventually, the contagion affects the people. They bring so many animals of sacrifice, the priests couldn’t keep up with the demand. People were coming to confess their sins and offer a sacrifice and you couldn’t help them fast enough! Hezekiah is thrilled! “And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly (impulsively!)” (2 Chronicles 29:36). Eventually, this local revival spread into the northern kingdom of Israel. Many came and were caught up in the preoccupation with God.
Many Christians live believing they will impulsively do good things. It’s a lie which cripples the believer and hinders the power of the gospel from influencing others. Consider how much work Hezekiah did to prepare the impulsive worship service. He had to get his life right, he had to encourage others, and he had to take others with him. Then, what began as a trickle, now is a torrent of worship.
You will not accidentally trip into a good impulse until you have prepared your heart to seek such things. Notice the summary of Hezekiah’s success: “And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered” (2 Chronicles 31:21). Your life is a joke the devil laughs at as long as you think you will impulsively serve the Lord. Take time today to seek the Lord and orient every work in your life for his service. When you do that with all your heart, then you will begin to see the good impulses in your life and others around you.
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