Friday, February 19, 2010

Do Not Let God's Blessings Make You Prideful

We Must Be Careful Not To Let The Blessings Of God Make Us Proud

Reading in 2 Kings
Hezekiah was a good King. He did what was right in the site of the Lord

2 Kings 18:3
Yesterday in the Bible Blog, I noted how Hezekiah took things to God in prayer and God answered in positive ways.

Now today, Hezekiah is sick and about to die.

He sends for the prophet Isaiah. When Isaiah tells him he is going to die…

2 Kings 20:1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: “Set your house in order for you shall die, and not live.”

As before, Hezekiah took his condition before the Lord

2 Kings 20: 2-6
Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your site.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

{Just thinking, have we lived such a life before the Lord that we could remind Him how faithful we have lived?}

And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the work of the Lord came to him, saying,

{Notice how quickly God answered Hezekiah’s prayer}

“Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.

{ Not only did God heal him, He added 15 years to his life, and promised to deliver him from the king of Assyria. Also notice that God did it because of Hezekiah’s obedience and for God’s Own Sake.}

“And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”

So Far….So Good

Now that Hezekiah has had so many promises and blessings from the Lord, I suspect he began to take things for granted.

He got a little arrogant and proud.

So when the king of Babylon came to see Hezekiah { to check him out}
What did Hezekiah do? He proudly showed off all of his possessions

No Mention Of The Lord Here.

Pride goes before a fall.

2 Kings 20 13. Hezekiah was attentive to them and showed then all the house of his treasures- the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory- all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: “Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon” nothing shall be left”, says the Lord
And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “ The Word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!’ For he said “Will there not be peace and truth at least in my days?’

Now it seems that Hezekiah is only interested in his own welfare. what will happen in his days…not the consequences that his sons will pay for his pride.

Wow….. We Can Not take for granted the Blessings of God.

And We Must Always Give God the Glory For Them.

This is one way we can witness to people….letting them know …that God takes care of His Own.

Deut. 8:18
“Remember the Lord….for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth.”

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