I continue daily reading through the Bible using YouVersion.com which is a great tool to keep you in the Bible and hearing from God. In the last several days the plan I am using has me reading about the Old Testament kings. We have lots to learn from these kings.
Some of them were downright wicked. The Bible says that they denied and defied God with their actions and their decisions. Others believed God in God but allowed the people around them to continue worshipping pagan gods. Then you will run across others who listened to God and did what He said. They are few and far between.
That is also the case with the people around us. Some people just don’t care about God and do their own thing. Some people know the truth but disregard what God says and what God cares about, and then there are others who not only care what God says but pursue God with their lives. I want to be part of the last group. It is not easy, and it is a personal decision that I have to make.
The kings who knew God but lived half way toward God really are sad. They are also missed the best that God had for them. They also helped the people they led miss the best and blessings that God had for them.
Did you catch that? When we follow God, honor God and pursue God, the people around us will be blessed and so will our lives. A great picture of this is King Hezekiah:
He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done. 4 He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan. 5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. 6 He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses. 7 So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did…
That is not a magic wand that helps your life be perfect. Yet the blessings and protection and guidance God offers is tied to living for God. He rewards those who pursue Him.
Hezekiah was blessed. The people around Hezekiah were blessed. That is what I so want. I want my family to be protected, provided for and blessed. I desire to help hurting people around me and help many people experience God. Those things will happen as I am faithful to God. Hezekiah pleased God, trusted God, led people to God, was faithful to God and was blessed.
The same will be true for us, and we have much to learn from the kings.