July 21, 2017: SOAP #2787: 2Kings 18-19; 2Chronicles 32; James 5 Scripture:  2Kings (NIV) 18:5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no-one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6 He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; [...]

July 21, 2017: SOAP #2787: 2Kings 18-19; 2Chronicles 32; James 5

Scripture:  2Kings (NIV) 18:5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no-one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
6 He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.
7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.  

Observation:    What a special phrase to describe King Hezekiah: 'He held fast to the Lord.'    To me that says in good times and bad times Hezekiah did what brought joy to the Lord.   It says that the Lord's point of view was priority with Hezekiah.   He did not look back to evaluate how things had gone and asked himself, 'I wonder what God would have done.' Before he started he asked, 'Lord, what would you have me do?'     To me it says, he did not let things entice him to take an easier way.   His advisers could not convince him that there was a better way than the Lord's way.   His desire to please the Lord held off temptations to do other than the Lord's will.

Application: 'Hold fast to the Lord!'   That is the way I want to live each day.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, to hold fast to you is the way I want to live my life.   But I am convinced that my success will be because you held fast to me! Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!  

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