Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”┬áII Chronicles 31:20, 21

Hezekiah was one of Judah’s outstanding kings. Like all of us, he had his imperfections; but he earned a reputation as a godly leader. Hezekiah had a profound influence on his nation. He authorized a cleansing and renovation of the house of the Lord, followed by the restoration of worship and the observance of the Passover. He led a campaign to remove idolatry from the country.

The Word of God speaks of Hezekiah’s testimony, how he did that which “was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.” Hezekiah was known for his commitment to doing what was good and right. Would this not be a good example for all to follow? Men and women of integrity and honesty are difficult to find. Deceit and corruption are the norm, especially in the arena of elected officials. Disillusionment and cynicism abound in the minds of citizens because of politicians who are without character. Children are being negatively influenced by role models in the world of athletics and entertainment, who do everything other than what is good and right. We need a revival of honesty in our land, and it must begin in the hearts and homes of God’s people. As parents and Christian leaders, we must be committed to doing what is honest before the Lord and others.

Hezekiah’s testimony included his good work “in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God.” The king of Judah was influenced by the law and commandments of God and was zealous about the place of worship. Here again, we find something in his reputation that we should want to emulate. May others see in us a commitment to the Lord’s Word, His worship, and His work. In addition, we see that Hezekiah was not complacent or apathetic, but did what he did “with all his heart.” His heart was in his work. Hezekiah was an example of sincerity, obedience, and enthusiasm.

What kind of testimony do we have, or desire to have? When we are gone, what will others say of us? Like Hezekiah, we want to live that we might have a good testimony.