Hezekiah was the 13th king of Judah,
starting at age 25 and reigning for 29 years in Jerusalem (715-686 BC).
Why should we pay attention to him?
God said something about him that oh that He would say about us:
“And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 29:1-2).
Hezekiah? Certainly not a common name today, unless we were to call somebody with a cool nickname, say Hez. But it would be hard to have a name with better meaning: “The LORD has strengthened.”
When the Assyrian King Sennacherib threatened Judah, Hezekiah rallied the people in Churchillesque fashion: “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.”
Hezekiah understood that it only takes God on your side and it doesn’t matter how many soldiers march on the horizon. What looks like an unstoppable route your way will end in a rout!
Hezekiah spoke faith: “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8).
The result? “And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah …” False bravado?
God delivered Judah! One angel in one night waylaid 185,000 Assyrians with a fast-acting plague! Takeout from Chipotle?
But Paul says we should bow to the Father and ask “to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts though faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:14-17).
Paul often experienced how “the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear” (2 Timothy 4:17).
Isaiah urges us to look to the Holy One “for the strength of His power… He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary. And the young men shall utterly fall. But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:25-31).
Judah was strengthened by the words of Hezekiah. You are reading this because my sister Jean recently gave me some encouraging words when I was weary to quit the blog. Who is waiting for words from you? Counting on you to be strong? Crying out for a Hezekiah who does what’s right!
May God strengthen each of us so that we might strengthen others in His service. Let’s not Hez-itate!
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