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Consideration of others

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 11 months ago | 641 views Link: https://goo.gl/LyA83b

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

2 Kings 18 records that Hezekiah became king of Judah and reigned 29 years.  Hezekiah was generally a good king; much unlike most of the other kings over Israel and Judah.  We learn that he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to what David had done. He removed the high places of worship of false gods and cut down the wooden images the people had built.  He is praised because of his trust in the Lord and it is said there was none like him among those who came before and those who were after him.  He held fast to the Lord and did not depart from following Him.  The Lord was with him and prospered him.  Evidently his faith was strong.

When the king of Assyria came against Judah, Hezekiah tries to care for his people by paying tribute.  When that didn’t work, Hezekiah called for prayer. He asked the Lord to save the people so that all the kingdoms of the earth might know that the Lord God was the only God.  The Lord answered his prayer and the angel of the Lord killed 185,000 Assyrians in one night.  What an encouragement that would have been for Hezekiah’s faith!

Later Hezekiah became sick and was near death.  Again, in faith, Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayer.  God answered his prayer and told him, through Isaiah, that He would add 15 years to Hezekiah’s life.  Hezekiah was healed from his sickness.

These examples show us that Hezekiah’s faith was in the Lord.  He was concerned that his people not be led astray by worship if false gods.  He was concerned that they not be led into captivity.  He trusted in the Lord even for healing from his illness. 

But, later, in 2 Kings 20, when Hezekiah had a challenge to his faith, his thoughts seemed to be for himself rather than for others.  Isaiah told Hezekiah that some of his sons would be carried away to Babylon and serve as eunuchs for the king of Babylon.  Hezekiah’s response was, “why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”

He seemed to be thinking only of himself and not concerned about others as long as he could have peace.  What a sad incident in this man of faith!

Unfortunately, we fall into the same pattern at times, don’t we?  We think of ourselves rather than of others.  We care for “Number One”, meaning ourselves.

That’s why Paul writes in Philippians 2, “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

May God guard us against failing to consider others more significantly than ourselves.

May he give us consideration of others in our every decision.

Dale

 

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Mary Leadbetter

Thanks Dale.


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