David was a man after God’s own heart. Very few of Israel’s kings could be compared to him. The one that most clearly reminds us of him, though, is the one whom we read about today: Hezekiah. I found it refreshing to learn about a king who had character, was trying to do things right, and honored God.
“He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight”
“He removed the pagan shrines”
“He broke up the bronze serpent”
“Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time.”
“He remained faithful to the Lord in everything”
“He carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses”
“Hezekiah was successful in everything he did”
“He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute”
“He also conquered the Philistines”
That’s some seriously high praise. This man loved God and led with God’s favor. When I read verse 7 (So the Lord was with him), I remembered something our lead pastor has often said: “I want to be a man that God sees, and says, “He’s the kind of man I want to bless!” What kind of man is that? Well, today’s reading seems to show that it’s Hekekiah. But the reality is that his success was found in a singular goal — he wanted to honor God.
Do you want to honor God? I know that you want His blessings, but do you want to really honor Him? And not just for the blessings (that would be borderline idolatry, and prosperity gospel-ish), but simply because you love Him and you’re overwhelmed by His love for you?
I’ve made a simple choice today. I want to learn from the example of Hezekiah. May what was said of him be said of us.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor