Reading through the Bible together
Hezekiah is a clear illustration of a life centered in God. Although his father worshiped idols, Hezekiah determined to lead people away from their wicked ways by removing the high places. Why didn’t Ahaz’s bad influence impact Hezekiah? Most likely because there were other people who had stronger influence on him, and this person could well be his mother, “Abijah, daughter of Zechariah” (verse 2).
We can learn an important lesson from this. Our background and experiences can have huge impact on our lives. But that should never become our excuse to sin. We can live a sanctified life despite the sinful environment we are in, and we can follow God in the midst of idol worshipers.
On the other hand, we should never take credit for anything good we have done. Although Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, and “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (verse 5), he made the same mistakes as his predecessors. When king of Assyria attacked in the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s reign, he relied on paying the King of Assyria silver and gold to solve the problem, and he failed completely.
When we look away from God and wish to stand on our own, we will fall in embarrassment on our own faces.
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