Sunday, September 9, 2012

And Hezekiah Prospered

2 Chronicles 31:20 – 21 NIV
20 "This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD, his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered."

The devotional I read today was about King Hezekiah. As soon as Hezekiah stepped in to reign as King, he began the process of leading the people back to God and His ways. God blessed him and he prospered.

Later in his reign when another king came up against him, and said things against the Lord, Hezekiah prayed and God fought the battle for him. He had victory while his enemy fell back in disgrace.

The story makes me wonder where Hezekiah’s faith came from since he was raised in an unbelieving household. His dad rebelled against the Lord. I also wonder how hard it was for him to watch the devastation that happened in his community because the people’s hearts had turned from God. He lived in tumultuous times, kind of like we are living in now.

When we read the paper, listen to the news, it can be filled with violence, acts of rebellion and people pushing their immoral ways. It can be hard to hear about children suffering, senseless deaths, and diseases.

I heard a story on the radio about a young girl who liked to listen to that particular radio station because it helped her while she watched her mother lay on a hospital bed on life support.

I lifted a prayer and thought, there is so much suffering, it’s all so much.

Times are hard for many people.

Hezekiah saw his people in captivity and led them to God.

Even though life can seem overwhelming and like there isn’t an answer to everyone’s problems.

There is.

Just like Hezekiah did things God’s way and led his people to Him. We can too. It can start with lifting a prayer, reaching out a helping hand, taking the time to talk to someone.

While I was thinking about how his actions not only blessed his own life, but it changed others lives too. It makes me stop and think about how my actions can affect others. And so can yours.

I always hold on to this biblical truth, God is the same today as yesterday. He can bring prosperity to our faithful actions for Him even today.

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