Today we reach the account of king Hezekiah—a king who fully followed God and did right in the eyes of the Lord! Hezekiah’s story is one of my favorites in the Old Testament. It’s not uncommon for me to turn to 2 Kings or 2 Chronicles to read through his prayers and draw encouragement from his example. That being the case, we’re going to spend several days taking in and considering this godly king whose life is detailed in 2 Kings 18-20 and 2 Chronicles 29-32.
Our introduction to Hezekiah in the opening verses of 2 Kings 18 and 2 Chronicles 29 is certainly refreshing and uplifting in comparison to the accounts of the kings of Judah (and Israel) that we’ve been reading about the past few weeks. Verses 5-7 set the tone for Hezekiah’s life and leadership, and spoke loudly to me.
“He 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. For he held fast to the LORD. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered. . .”
Describe what “holding fast to the Lord” looks like in your day-to-day life. What have you experienced when you’ve chosen to “hold fast to God”? Tami
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