Apathetic Hezekiah

Gary Bird
II Kings 20:18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

Hezekiah was a great king! He turned the kingdom back to God, piped water into the city for the people, and overcame a much stronger kingdom by keeping his faith in God.

But he struggled with apathy. I’m afraid I might struggle with this as well.

Hezekiah heard what the trouble would be in the future, and his attitude was “Let it come.”

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the direction of the world. That’s not to say I don’t try. It’s not to say I don’t want to help. I do!

I give much of my time, talent, and treasure to the cause of Christ. But sometimes, I just see all the wickedness and don’t know what to do.

In times like this, I remember to turn to the Lord and ask for help. I believe if Hezekiah would have responded to the coming judgment the same way he responded to his health crisis, the outcome could have been different.

2 Kings 20:2-3,6 Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; I will defend this city for mine own sake, and my servant David's sake.

We can see trouble coming on the horizon for our country and this trouble will land on our children’s doorstep. Judgment is near. We must protect ourselves from being lacksadaisical that there is “peace” in our day.

Be vigilant to seek the Lord as though our lives depend on it. When Hezekiah realized his life was on the line, he cried out to God for help. Yet, he lacked urgency for the future in which he would have no part.

We must not fall into the apathy trap. We need to ask the Lord for help, as though our immediate lives depend on it, because at the end of the day, they do.

Gary Bird

Gary and his family are core members of our church. He assists with multiple minsitries. He and his wife Jessica have four children.

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