All of us have areas that we are struggling with. However, God does not evaluate his children basing on its mistakes, but the hearts do: The heart is always highlighted by the Lord, as it said in Mk 7:6, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” God is always looking for those who live with Him from the heart; 2 Chronicles 16:9 said, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” We knew and were convinced that God is not only looking for the perfect ones, well performance, good manners, and behaviors, people, who were never making mistakes, but he also looking to the people who have the perfect heart toward Him.
Hezekiah was announced by Isaiah that ‘you are about to die’ ‘Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.’ Two concrete action verbs that ‘turn’ and ‘pray.’ It doesn’t matter how sinful we are, how many mistakes we had committed, but after all, did we turn, pray, and look for the mercy of God? Hezekiah’s prayer at the last moment he said, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” (2nd Kings 20:3) Scripture described that moment he wept bitterly, not simply weeping but wept bitterly. I noticed that; in Hezekiah’s prayer, he didn’t mention any negative things or what are his wrongdoings were against God, but he said what pleasing to Him (God). It is showing us, the mercy of God is greater than all other things in the eyes of God, and God’s looking at his children is much greater mercy; the mercy of God greater than the law. I am convinced that the way God looks at us, what the people cannot see is the heart.
The wrong things that we did cannot say who we are; the only One can say that who we are is the Most High God; the fact that we cannot change our dignity “the Children of God” Whenever we are here on earth, we are in the process of changing:
The key for us here is to accept we are in the process of changing and turning the heart to Him.“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel (36:26). If we do so, I do believe that God is also telling us what he said to Hezekiah “I have heard you; I will heal you; I will rescue you; I will be your shield…”
Br. Van Luc Tran Sch. P.
VAN LUC TRAN
Br. Tran Van Luc Sch. P. hails from the Archdiocese of Hanoi, Viet Nam. He is a Marketing graduate, joined the Piarist Fathers in 2014. He took Philosophy units at the Adamson University and Certificate for Practical Social Skills Class at HCMC Youth Employment Service and Vocational Training Center. He is the writer of several books, like, “Hanh Phuc & Khon Ngoan; Tien Van Tam-Nha Giao Duc…” Currently, he is taking Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) – Maryhill School of Theology.