2 Kings 15:1-16:20 / Acts 19:11-41 / Psalm 147:1-20 / Proverbs 18:4-5
2 Kings 15:34-35
“And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord; he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. However, the high places were not removed and the people still sacrificed and burned incense in the high places.”
1st and 2nd Kings is filled with commentaries just like this one – stories of kings with good intentions, who started out well with their hearts pointed toward the Lord, but in the end they weren’t fully sold out to Him. They trashed most of the idols of the land – the obvious ones – and tore down the sacred pillars thinking that would be good enough, but they allowed the high places to remain.
High places are those less obvious, private, things no one can see – but they do exist and they do affect us (our thoughts, beliefs, actions), and if they aren’t completely removed, they will lead to compromise in our walk with the Lord. Compromise stinks because in the end, we are the ones who get ripped off due to the fact that we’ll never fully experience all that the Lord has for us.
Let’s ask the Lord to show us areas in our lives where we have allowed the high places to remain so we can identify them and remove them, allowing us to walk FREE and grow closer to the Lord. Whole-hearted, sold out, fully devoted - that’s when things can really get exciting!