Sunday AM, May 31st, 2020

“2020 Vision … More”

“Willingness to Do What’s Right”

II Kings 18:1-7

 

Hezekiah was a king of Judah, who, contrary to the example of his father, Ahaz, led his people in the paths of righteousness. He did the right thing, not according to the world, but according to God.

Hezekiah was 25 years old when he began to reign over the two tribe nation of Judah, and God kept him on the throne for 29 years. This speaks of Hezekiah's faithfulness to God's ways. We see 4 things about Hezekiah

 

I. His Position Was Right In the Sight of God, v. 3.

  1. did that which was right in the sight of God, even if it went against the world, v. 7. It’s not important if we are right in the sight of men or this world, if we aren’t right in the sight of God. God matters most when no one else does.

Romans 3:19-26, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. [20] Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. [21] But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; [22] Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: [23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; [26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

 

II. His Priorities Were Right In the Service of God, v. 4.

As God’s people, we need to get the right things in the right place. We need to prioritize our lives. If we put anything before God, God may take it away from us. We must not let anything come between us and God.

Jesus Christ and his church have been given first place by God, but it is sad to say that Jesus Christ and his church have not been given first place by many of God’s children.

Colossians 1:12-18, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: [13] Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: [14] In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: [15] Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: [16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: [17] And he is before all things,

and by him all things consist. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

 

III. His Position Was Right In the Son of God, v. 5.

Unlike his father Ahaz who had put his trust in the god’s of the Assyrian captors, Hezekiah put his trust in the true and the living God of Israel. He set the example for others to follow, rather than following the example that others had left.

Do we trust in God, ourselves, or the god of this world ? To use a current phrase, if we will “be all that we can be,” then we won't be much. If we will be all that God will have us to be, and trust him to perform the work in and through us, then we will be a success.

I Timothy 6:17, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;”

 

IV. His Profession Was Right In the Security of God, v. 6a.

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their winds of strife ? When the strong tides lift and the cable strains, will your anchor drift or firm remain ? Trust God ! He is an anchor that will keep the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll. He is the rock we should cling to for security and certainty in a reckless and unstable world.

Hebrews 4:14-16, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. [15] For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. [16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

Truly what a testimony is verse 3 of the life of Hezekiah. My how you and I should want it to be said of us that “He did that which was right in the sight of the LORD.” Hezekiah means, “Jehovah is strength.” Truly, if we are to do that which is right in the sight of God, we must do it through the strength of Almighty God.