The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of June 30, 2014
2 Kings 18:3-7, “And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done. 4He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan). 5He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. 6For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. 7And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and would not serve him.”
Beloved, King Hezekiah is one of my favorite Israelite kings. He was not perfect but he certainly trusted the Lord. Let’s look at a couple of things that allowed King Hezekiah to live a godly life.
(1) He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Beloved, this stems out of a love relationship for John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” King Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord because he loved his Lord!
(2) He removed the high places. King Hezekiah took away those things that were inhibiting his relationship with God. We must do the same. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
(3) He trusted in the Lord. Beloved, like King Hezekiah, we must learn to trust in our Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
(4) He held fast to the Lord. When the going got tough, King Hezekiah had enough sense to not let go of God. Neither should we! We must learn to persevere and endure. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
(5) And the Lord was with him. King Hezekiah knew that the Lord was with him. He never doubted God’s presence in his life and neither should we. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Beloved, King Hezekiah knew what he needed to do in order to sustain a vibrant and lasting relationship with the Lord. We can take these same principles and apply them to our lives!
I pray that you will have a blessed week. I love you and I will be praying for you!