January 17, 2014

You're Not a Product of Your Past

 “In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God 

and in his efforts to follow God’s laws and commands, 

Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. 

As a result, he was very successful.”

2 Chronicles 31:21 (NLT)

Hezekiah’s story is told in 2 Kings 18-20, 2 Chronicles 29-32 and Isaiah 36-39. What I love most about his story is how he broke the mold. He refused to be a product of his past. His father was the wicked King Ahaz who ordered the Temple doors to be shut so that no one could worship God. In contrast, Hezekiah led one of the greatest reforms in the history of Judah. It saved his nation from destruction! How did he do it? He certainly didn’t have a model in his dad! It would have been natural to follow in his steps and be just as evil, if not worse! But something changed Hezekiah’s outlook that altered his destiny!  Some Bible scholars think it was the influence of a godly mother and godly grandfather mentioned in 2 Chronicles 29:1. Beyond that and perhaps the real influence that freed Hezekiah from a legacy of evil to become a good King was the wisdom he found in God’s Word.  Proverbs 25:1 tells us, “These are more proverbs of Solomon collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.” As Hezekiah collected these Proverbs of Solomon he discovered the wisdom of God and the power of God. Like Joshua and David and so many other great men and women of the Bible, Hezekiah sought God wholeheartedly in his efforts to follow God’s word and God’s way; and as a result, he was very successful! What an encouragement to us today! Regardless of your heritage you can be all that God wants you to be! You may be a product of your past but you don’t have to be a prisoner to it! Jesus told His followers in John 8:31-32 (RSV) If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Here’s the key to liberty – it’s the truth you know that sets you free!  That’s why Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples ….”