King Hezekiah began to reign over Judah at the age of twenty – five, when his father kicked the bucket. Ahaz was King Hezekiah’s father and he did that which was right in his own sight. He displeased the Lord and regarded not the Lord during his reign.
Although, Ahaz raised King Hezekiah, Hezekiah didn’t imitate his father’s steps and ways. King Hezekiah knew the miserable life his father lived but decided to be different. Life is about making choices. Human beings tend to choose that which will profit them. One shouldn’t be forced to do contrary to his own will. We all have our lives to live, would our lives be unto God’s glory or our glory? Hezekiah lived for the Lord despite the fearless and ungodly parenting he had.
An adage says “your background shouldn’t put your back to the ground”. Hezekiah had a cogent excuse not to live for God. He didn’t settle for excuse – making rather he settled for change – making.
Irrespective of whatsoever background, family or tradition you are being nurtured from, you have to rise to change the evil trend, ungodly norms and status quo. Thanks to God for a man like Hezekiah that decided to live for God. It baffles me to read of this kind of man, who had little knowledge of whom the God of Israel was.
Your background isn’t an excuse to fail God. You’ve got no reason on earth to fail God. You might be faced with enormous challenges, those aren’t an exemption.
King Hezekiah made a right and perfect choice. He chose God over his biological father’s examples and patterns. If you were in King Hezekiah’s shoes, would you have acted like him? He chose well.
God doesn’t impose His decisions/choices /ways on anybody. Even though, He’s our creator and we, His creatures, he doesn’t impose His will on no man. God, only makes His ways known to men. The choice is left for men to make. Genesis 6:3 says “And the Lord said, My spirit shall no always strive with man, for that he also is flesh”. Choices can either make or mar one. Why not decide to make a right choice? To stand for God and live for Him. That would be the best decision you have ever made.
I end by quoting from Joshua 24:15 – “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Author: Deji-Agboola Opeyemi Thessy is a Physiotherapist by profession and a writer.
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