2 Kings 18:1-6 1 In the third year of Israel’s King Hoshea son of Elah, Hezekiah son of Ahaz became king of Judah. 2 He was 25 years old when he became king and reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the LORD’s sight just as his ancestor David had done. 4 He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan. 5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD God of Israel; not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before him or after him. 6 He remained faithful to Yahweh and did not turn from following Him but kept the commands the LORD had commanded Moses.
It’s about time, don’t you think? I mean, I have been reading this book of second kings for a while now and I am really getting tired of hearing about kings who did evil. King after king didn’t follow the Lord like their ancestor David. So they ruled their ways into destruction. But then comes Hezekiah; he was different. He didn’t follow after the wickedness of his father or his grandfather, or even his great-grandfather. He didn’t lead by popular vote or succumb to the way of culture.
Instead, he took a stand for God. I find this truly remarkable! This was a young man who had no one modeling Godly behavior for him. He didn’t have a heritage from the Lord through his parents. And he could have gone the path of least resistance, which would have been leading the same way daddy did. But he didn’t – he dared to be different. He dared to live a life of righteousness. He dared to destroy idolatry and bow down before no other king. He was a rebel for God!
I know it can be hard to take a stand for the Lord in your life. Sometimes our surroundings feel like they are choking us out. Many of you don’t have families that gave you a heritage in the Lord, so you are forging your own way. And I want you to know that it can be done. A young man by the name of Hezekiah dared to live for the Lord. He made a decision that he would be different regardless of what was going on around him. He destroyed the things that were not pleasing to God and surrendered his life to Him. If Hezekiah could do it, you can do it to!