Wednesday, May 8, 2013
2 Kings 18-21
If you haven't had a chance to read the last Thought, jump back and read that real quick...this Thought will be a continuation from that one.
I love reading about King Hezekiah. We are told that Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, just as his father David had done. Get this, he even removed ALL the high places and sacred stones and poles that the people had been worshiping. He broke pagan sacred things into pieces! We are also told that Hezekiah trusted in Yahweh and that he held onto Yahweh in all times, keeping His commands that were given to the Israelites so many years ago.
I don't know about you, but this is a GREAT breath of fresh air after reading about all the kings that were being so wicked. And it gives us great encouragement and instruction that all the sin in our lives needs to be removed...not just the bad stuff. That's not saying we are to be perfect, because that's impossible. It tells us though, that we need to be actively surrendering what holds us in bondage.
This chapter really encourages me that in the midst of darkness, God can bring light. Hezekiah had loads of wicked kings that preceded him and followed after him. He could have easily followed the may examples of being disobedient and worshiping idols and not tearing down all the idols...but he didn't. And he is the one that stands out so much in this book.
What made Hezekiah different from all the other kings, even some that did right in Yahweh's eyes was this---he tore down everything that didn't reflect God and he trusted Him in all circumstances. In later chapters of this week's readings we read about how he fervently sought Yahweh for deliverance from the king of Egypt and for healing of his own body. Hezekiah's life is as different from his predecessors as night and day. This is the kind of leader and Believer that I want to be. Tearing down the high places and everything that doesn't reflect God in my life, and trusting God no matter the circumstances.
Be encouraged that God is faithful and answers us when we call Him, just as he did to King Hezekiah. He will help you tear down and crush all the idols in your life, if you would only ask for His help.