Hold Fast To The Lord

2 Kings 18:5-7

Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel…He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.

Hezekiah was an amazingly powerful and successful king of Judah. He stood up to the king of Assyria and refused to pay tribute. That was an extremely risky move. Assyria was the world power at that time and they were a ruthless, violent, and blood thirsty people. Countries would pay the king of Assyria anything he asked, to keep them from attacking their land.

Where did Hezekiah get his amazing confidence and trust in the Lord? It wasn’t because everything was easy for him, he had tremendous obstacles to overcome, both in his political life and in his personal life.

His father, King Ahaz was an idol worshiper and Hezekiah saw more than one of his brothers sacrificed on a burning altar to Molech, god of war. He must have lived in constant fear as a child that he could be sacrificed too.

When he took over as king most of Judah had followed the ways of his father King Ahaz and became idol worshipers. He worked hard to bring reform to his country, turning the hearts of the people back to the Lord.

King Hezekiah took one wife, in a time when kings had hundreds of wives. Hephzibah his wife, could not get pregnant. He must have had tremendous pressure to take more wives to secure an heir to the throne, but he did not. He was king for 17 years before his wife became pregnant.

So how do we trust the Lord completely when we are facing trials in many areas of our lives? Trials that continue for years. Verse 6 tells us that Hezekiah held fast to the Lord, and did not cease to follow him, keeping the commands of the Lord.

So we keep walking forward with the Lord, trusting Him and waiting for Him to act on our behalf. We keep living and acting like the followers of Christ that we are. And when the trials come, because they surely will, we go before the Lord in confidence and seek His help, His reassurance and His loving encouragement.

Prayer:

Help us to wait patiently for You O Lord, to act on our behalf. Help us trust You when things are not going well, and to give You the praise and glory You deserve no matter the outcome.

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