Honoring God with your commitment
In this way, King Hezekiah handled the distribution throughout all Judah, doing what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God. In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God’s laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful. 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 As stated from the passage, King Hezekiah did “what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord his God.” This was in contrast to his predecessor, King Rehoboam. He pursued his selfish interest rather than seek the will of God. “But he was an evil king, for he did not seek the Lord with all his heart” (2 Chronicles 12:14). During this period, worshiping and serving God was not popular. King Hezekiah grew up in a family where his parents worshiped other gods. They even encouraged Israelites not to believe in Yahweh, the God of Israel, instead to serve other gods. Idolatry was prevalent among the people this is why hatred and violence filled their hearts. In the midst of these ungodly and dangerous times, Hezekiah was willing to stand up for his faith. He even called out on people to go back in worshiping and serving the One true God. He could have rejected God, instead he chose to serve Him. God commended his actions that he became successful in his leadership. God blessed King Hezekiah that He promised His presence and leading as they fought the Assyrians. He challenged his military leaders not to be discouraged in facing the battle and he told them that God will provide them the victory. “He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” (2 Chronicles 32:8). You might feel that it is futile to stand up for your faith. You are getting discouraged because you think that you are alone. In these times where worship to Jesus is no longer widespread and when those who are willing to stand up for their faith in Him are persecuted, it takes courage to continue to serve Him wholeheartedly. Be firm in your conviction because just like King Hezekiah, God will honor your commitment to Him. “As long as the king sought guidance from the Lord, God gave him success” (2 Chronicles 26:5). It is important that your priority is to seek God’s approval than men. “I will honor those who honor me, and I will despise those who think lightly of me” (1 Samuel 2:30). So do not take God for granted but instead honor Him with your life. “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).