In the final message we looked at Peter’s life to understand God’s strategy for us in the face of our failures. Now, let’s appear at the subsequent trial of our faith. Achievement.
In some candid discussions with a lot of correct males of God, I have come to the conclusion that Achievement is a far more hard trial of faith than failure. The danger of going by means of failure is that you might fall prey to unbelief and grow to be bitter towards God. It might occur to a handful of people today, but the typical response for failure is that it drives us back towards God. What is the usual outcome of good results ? The typical believer tends to grow to be proud, his heart is lifted up and he forgets the God who gave him the good results in the initially spot. It requires a very tender heart to keep that humility prior to God and give Him the glory for any good results which He has granted us. Let’s appear at the instance from the life of King Hezekiah.
The Lord was with him
The name Hezekiah signifies “Yahweh is my Strength”. Correct to his name, the Lord did mighty items by means of this amazing king. If you study from two Kings 18:three-eight, we note the following items about his blessed reign.
1. two Ki 18:three – He did appropriate in the eyes of the Lord (as David)
two. two Ki 18:four – he eradicated idolatry in all identified types, even destroying the bronze serpent which had existed as an idol for almost 1000 years!
three. 2Ki 18:five – He trusted the Lord and the word of God declares him to be a king as opposed to any other prior to or just after him.
four. two Ki 18:six – He held rapid to the Lord and did not cease to adhere to Him. He kept the commandments of the Lord
five. two Ki 18:7 – The Lord was with Him and consequently, he was prosperous in all his endeavors.
six. two Ki 18:eight – He did not bow down prior to the Syrian kings and defeated philistines across their borders.
A man whom the Lord honors and protects!
Genuinely, he was one particular of the very best kings to grace the throne of Israel. There is a touching account of the King of Syria threatening to annihilate Israel. two Chr 32:1 (study from v1 to v19) Hezekiah prayed to the Lord (two Chr 32:20) and the Lord sent an angel which consumed 185,000 soldiers of Syria (2Chr 32:21). I specially loved the Word of God which says two Chr 32:22 So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people today of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all other people. He took care of them on just about every side.
If we have any doubt regarding this, the Lord says: it is He who delivered the nation. Not the may possibly of armies or the wisdom of a king. But the finish outcome of this deliverance was that the fame of Hezekiah spread far and wide and a lot of came to him with valuable gifts and he was extremely regarded by all nations. (two Chr 32:23)
The starting of the finish – Pride
Alas, the outcome of such fame was a falling away. two Chr 32:25 says: But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him consequently the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
The outcome of that wrath was an illness which came to the King and he was close to death. he prayed to the Lord and the lord answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. (Read two Ki 20:1-11) And he repented of the pride in his heart (two Chr 32:26) and the Lord’s wrath did not seem to them in that generation. But the outcome of this prayer was an boost of his life by 15 years. That led him to commit even far more blunders in his later years and he also fathered Manasseh. (If you read two Chr 33:1-11, you can see the quantity of evil that this young king heaped on himself and israel) Even though Hezekiah achieved a lot in the secular realm in the added years(two Chr 32:27-30), we see the steady decline of his spiritual life as the finish comes.
The finish – God leaves him to test his heart
two Chr 32:31 But when envoys have been sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know every thing that was in his heart.
When God leaves us to test us, he expects us to rely on what He has taught us in the previous. He expects us to use the wisdom and unction that He deposited in us prior to the test. It is for us to realize the contents of our heart far more clearly. two Ki 20:13 says – he exposed just about every tiny bit of his kingdom to the envoys of the enemy as a outcome of his pride and that error was instrumental in the nation getting carried away to Babylon at a later point in time.
What is our lesson from this ?
Do I create all this to diss a godly king ? Am I magnifying his blunders ? Am I attempting to erase the great he has completed by focusing on his blunders ? Not at all! I think all scripture is God-breathed and is lucrative for our instruction, correction and reproof. It is great for us to take useful lessons from all these scriptures mainly because we are close to the finish occasions. (1 Cor 10:11). Exactly where Hezekiah pleased God, let us wish to imitate his life. Exactly where he fell quick of the glory of God, let us take it as a valuable instance to guard against. Try to remember, if a spiritual giant like he could fall, so could we! Am I against good results ? Not at all! I wish good results and I think it is the strategy of God for all his disciples to appreciate good results. That is why the valuable promises are provided to the victors (7 letters of revelation + Rev 21:7). But in our successes that we appreciate, do not forget to attribute glory and honor and praise and thanksgiving to the A single who created it attainable for us. As Jesus mentioned – Devoid of me, you can do nothing at all! My prayer is that nonetheless properly we have begun our spiritual race, God give us the grace to fight the great fight, finish our race and maintain the faith and to acceptable the eternal rewards kept for us(two Tim four:7)
Additional reading : 1 Chr 28:9 & Deut eight:two