In the history of the Kings of Judah, Hezekiah was one of the best. He led His nation well and did many great things. However toward the end of his reign he did something stupid. (read this story in 2 Kings Ch.20) This thing that he did was a product of him doing what was right in his own eyes and the result was death and destruction for his children, grandchildren and nation.
Honestly, when I read his story I feel sorry for Hezekiah. After all he was a good man, who made one very bad decision. Afterwards the prophet Isaiah came to him with this message; “the king of Babylon will invade your nation.Your descendants will become slaves and eunuchs and your people will be scattered.”
Hezekiah responds by saying; “ well, at least there will be peace in my lifetime”. Whenever I read his response I am horrified. I wonder, how could anyone be so cold and callous about the future suffering of their children and grandchildren?
It is true, at some time in our lives all of us have done stupid things. Thankfully for most of us the result of our bad choices will not be as bad it was for Hezekiah. However you must know that every thing you do, small or great will have some impact on your and your children’s future. That is why it is important never to do anything simply because it looks good in your own eyes.
One more thing! What is your grandchildren’s future worth to you? Will you speak out while others stay silent ? Will you rise up for the battle while others stay home ? Will you stand up against evil, even when people call you a fool? Or will you be like Hezekiah and say, “ just let me have peace in my lifetime ?”
Douglas & Deborah Huff
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