The readings today are from 2 Kings 18:1-16 and Philippians 1:27-30. Please read them now.
In verse 27 of Philippians 1 Paul sums up a good reminder for us on how to live. He writes….”WHATEVER HAPPENS, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel”. The Contemporary English Version puts it like this…”Above all else, you must live in a way that brings honour to the good news about Christ…” WHATEVER HAPPENS…whether you prosper or become bankrupt…whether you are popular or the subject of scorn…whatever comes, live as a Christian who is worthy of the great gift God has given us in the Gospel.
In the 2 Kings 18 passage, verse 5 seems to be the key…”He trusted in the LORD the God of Israel…”. In this passage Hezekiah’s commitment to God is seen in his vigorous purification of the land of idolatrous practices.
2 Chronicles 29-31 goes into detail on the positive steps he took. He purified the temple, called Judah- and even invited the men of Israel- to a Passover celebration, and organised worship at the Jerusalem temple.
These religious reforms were given priority in the early years of Hezekiah’s reign. Only when Hezekiah knew Judah was right with God did he set out to strengthen his nation politically. Hezekiah’s successes against Philistine and Assyria rested on the firm foundation of relationship with God, for he realised that God alone could make him successful.
Do you know that for yourself?
We too need to put God first. Whatever happens. Our success in any thing we do must have its foundation in a right relationship with the living God.
Have a great day,