April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

2 KINGS 18-19

Focus Verse: For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses.
2 Kings 18:6

 

Finally! Judah gets a king that decides to go all in for God! And the verse immediately after this tells us that everything King Hezekiah did, he prospered because the Lord was with him. But let’s look real quickly at how he got there.

 

In the midst of complete chaos, Hezekiah decided to go all in. The nation of Israel is being exiled and taken by force back to Assyria. The idol worship in both Israel and Judah was out of control. God’s Word is specific in telling us that, even the kings who did right in the eyes of the Lord, weren’t willing to go so far as removing the idol worship from their nations. They feared the people more than they feared the Lord.

 

But not Hezekiah. I love the wording here in the NASB, “For he clung to the Lord”. This is going all in. And we need to get there.

 

Going all in is scary. You are literally telling God, “Whatever You ask, my answer is yes.” Which means after that, you are on the rollercoaster ride of your life. Imagine being on a rollercoaster without a seatbelt. What are you going to do? You’re going to grab hold of whatever is going to keep you fixed to your seat as best as possible and hold on for dear life. And that is exactly where God wants you to be with Him.

 

Following God is going to bring you toe to toe with some nasty idols…in your life and in the lives of those people whom you love. Following God is going to take you to some dangerous places, it will introduce you to some unsavory people, it will very rarely keep you in your ‘safe’ comfort zone. And I think God does that on purpose. It forces us to cling to Him. It forces us to stop relying on ourselves and become completely dependent on Him.

 

Can we agree to be like King Hezekiah today? I’ll be transparent, I need to do better at this; at being so obedient to God that I get pushed out of my comfort zones. Will you join me?

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