2 Chronicles 27:2
He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the LORD. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices.
I grew up with zero fondness doing household chores. No, I don’t consider myself totally lazy. I do a lot of other things as a teen. Just NOT cleaning. Sweeping, mopping, dusting, laundry, washing plates - - ‘It’s all dirty work’. I’d rather press all your clothes. But mind you, I’m a visual O.C.. I want all things in order. A clip on the floor, a book on bed, or a towel left unhung makes me very uncomfortable. Now as a homemaker, I capitalized on that OC-ness to manage my culturally-lazy-syndrome. Be my guest sometime and you’d initially be impressed at my house-work. Just don’t finger-swipe those windows every morning and don’t try fluttering my curtains. Don’t say I didn’t warn you :>
If we’d visit Judah at the time of King Jotham, it’s actually impressive. Gates rebuilt, walls refurbished, new towns established, forts and towers erected. T’was visually grand and promising. Add to that its powerful leadership and progressive economy. Commendably a good place for life’s restart and even raise kids. So like how I felt when I first saw Singapore - - so beautiful and very orderly. Sadly though, and this I know, not everything orderly is clean. For swept under the rug of his success story was Judah’s rotten and corrupt practices. Not even his personal integrity and steadfast walk before the Lord was able to stop the people’s idolatry. But really, was it because he was unable? Seriously, as king?! Or was it because he didn’t?
For two weeks now, God has been opening my eyes to sin issues left and right. A few I’ve already dealt with by heaven’s grace. But there is this one person I’d rather, if I can have it my way, not confront. So far I’ve been giving God alternative routes to getting His will done. Can’t I just teach the Word or at the most, live a godly life? Maybe it could somehow inspire the person to turn back from sin. Maybe? Somehow? Obviously indefinite. Today, God clearly pointed out that He’s not after who’s outwardly looking good here. His desire is for people to be cleansed from sin. Period. The path to correction and rebuke may affect the friendship, but it’s the risk I have to take. Sigh** Another reason why I’m not very fond of cleaning time :<