Scripture: 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Hezekiah became the King of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years. Now, he did what was right in God’s eyes, just like his father David had done. The Levites had been kept from their duties when Ahaz was king, but Hezekiah called them back to their duties. Hezekiah had sent letters throughout Judah and Israel, inviting them to come to the temple and celebrate the Passover to the Lord, and encouraging everyone to return back to God, submitting to Him. Hezekiah did was right in the eyes of the Lord, and he led the people of Judah in spiritual renewal. Psalm 48 speaks of how God’s presence in our lives is our joy, security, and salvation; God is our defender and guide, always and forever. Follow along in 2 Kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29-31, and Psalm 48!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Hezekiah was a man of God who placed his faith in God’s strength rather than his own. He always obeyed God’s instructions no matter what obstacles and dangers got in the way. We must follow Hezekiah’s example of placing our complete trust and faith in our Heavenly Father and always obeying His ways for us. The Bible mentions that Hezekiah stood strong in his faith. Sometimes we may be ridiculed or mocked when we try to share God’s message with others or when we try to promote spiritual renewal and growth. God will honor us when we, too, stand strong in our faith and do not waver. God’s work requires the support of God’s people and their generosity of giving, tithing. The day will come when God will bring justice, and all of God’s people will get the respect that they deserve, as pointed out in Psalm 48. God is our Protector, and we should praise Him for His protection on a daily basis.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles and Psalms and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.