Around the Word smallGod has no affirmative action program. With Him everyone starts on the same level playing field, meaning, the place of a rebel. We all start as enemies of God even if some of us do have some awesome godly heritages. These, though not necessarily advantageous, do matter.

Hezekiah, one of the kings of Judah, was not that lucky. He lived in the 7th century BC, a time of tremendous upheaval in the Middle East. The northern kingdom of Israel had just ceased to exist, vanquished by the mighty Assyrians. Hezekiah’s dad, King Ahaz, was a wicked man who was pro-Assyrian and engaged in some despicable pagan practices, including sacrificing his own son by fire. He was so wicked that he ordered the doors to the temple of God to be closed so the people would be forced to worship in the pagan shrines.

Hezekiah was co-regent with his father for several years before he was endowed with the sole power of kingship. He was only in his mid twenties when he became king and he reigned for 29 years. He no doubt witnessed the absurd practices of his father, but when he climbed to the highest seat in the nation, he couldn’t have been more different from his father. The Scriptures tell us that “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.” (2 Kings 18:3).

What happened? We are not told but we can surmise that contrary to his father, Hezekiah heeded the preaching of the prophets Micah and Isaiah — he turned to God in the most critical moments of his life.

Hezekiah presided over one of the biggest religious reforms ever attempted in Israel (see 2 Kings 18:4), only rivaled by his great grandson, Josiah, about 100 years later.

His efforts, however noble, though, failed to bring the people back to God. From the mighty to the humble, they were so steeped in idolatry, corruption, and disdain for God that they went through the motions but failed to let God truly change them.

But Hezekiah laid the groundwork for Josiah’s greatest finding ever — the Book of the Law — which started the biggest revival ever to take place in Israel.

Hezekiah was not perfect but the chronicler tells us that he “held fast to the Lord and did not stop following Him.” He didn’t care that he was in the minority. Being unpopular was not a problem to him. He only cared about one thing — to be pleasing to God. And in this he seemed to have succeeded for the writer tells us that “he was successful in whatever he undertook.”

This Sunday we will be looking at the life of Hezekiah and learning that even if everyone else around you might be unreliable, there is one you can always go to who will help you realize His plans for your fulfillment and His glory.

Hope you can join us!

Pastor Ivanildo da Costa Trindade

Lead Pastor Grace Church, Lititz, PA

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