22 Apr The Lesson of Hezekiah
Read 2 Kings 18:1-8
Thought for the Day: No matter what others did before me, I hold fast to God!
Hezekiah became the King of Judah when he was only 25 years old. Despite his youth, Hezekiah began his rule by making a wise decision. Rather than continuing to follow idols and serve a foreign king like his father before him, this new king was different and followed God! He tore down the idols, pushed back against the Philistines, and rebelled against the King of Assyria.
The Scripture is clear: Hezekiah “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.” While his father had served the Assyrian king and followed pagan gods, Hezekiah repented. Rather than holding on to worldly things like idols and Assyrian favor, he “held fast to the LORD.”
It is easy to give in to the pressures we face. But, just because “everyone” else did it before us doesn’t mean we should do it now. One way that we can repent is by realizing some things in the past need to be left in the past. For Hezekiah, the idols of his father and the kings who came before him needed to be removed from the Kingdom of Judah. For us, we can repent by letting go of the things that get in the way of our relationship with God. Let’s learn the lesson of Hezekiah by holding fast to God!
Pastors Stan and David