2 Chronicles 32:27-31 (NKJV) 27 Hezekiah had very great riches and honor. And he made himself treasuries for silver, for gold, for precious stones, for spices, for shields, and for all kinds of desirable items; 28 storehouses for the harvest of grain, wine, and oil; and stalls for all kinds of livestock, and folds for flocks. 29 Moreover he provided cities for himself, and possessions of flocks and herds in abundance; for God had given him very much property. 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon, and brought the water by tunnel to the west side of the City of David. Hezekiah prospered in all his works. 31 However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

 

King Hezekiah very foolishly showed the ambassadors from Babylon the extent of his entire wealth of his kingdom. Now God withdrew from Hezekiah because God knew all that was in Hezekiah’s heart, and He wanted Hezekiah to recognize it for himself and repent. Hezekiah was arrogant, disrespectful, rude, and his heart became filled with pride. Hezekiah’s health was given him by God. “But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 32:25 NKJV). God had spared Hezekiah’s life and blessed him with great wealth. But Hezekiah was foolish, he boasted of himself forgetting God who blessed him. My friend, in many ways God has provided for us, and He has spared us from the penalty of death. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). This is why we ought to be very careful to not do anything to disgrace God. For we have a wonderful heavenly Father who by grace reconciled us unto Himself through the shed blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. This is Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation. It was the reason He stepped down from heaven and clothed Himself in humanity in a manger in Bethlehem all those years ago. As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, honor Him, my friend, with your life lived for Him.

 

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.