Today’s readings.. (2 Chronicles 31), (Daniel 11), (Acts 11,12)
In reading the next chapter (31) in 2 Chronicles today, we saw what an example of true kingship Hezekiah displayed. If we can grasp and keep in mind the last 2 verses in that chapter we will more fully see the POWER of positive thinking and doing – in contrast to the leaders of the nations today.
These verses tell us that Hezekiah “did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. And every work that he undertook in the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.”
There should be no ‘half measures’ in living in a way which shows our Lord takes a primary place in our thinking and the aims we have in life. Our thoughts went forward to the time when true believers in Christ take significant roles in “the kingdom of God” that will be established over all the earth. In that day God’s laws will be proclaimed and will be expected to be kept – throughout all the earth, “for out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes …” [Isaiah 2 v. 3,4].
We linked these words with those of Jesus in his last message to those who bear his name, “…. Hold fast what you have until I come. The one who conquers and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations” [Rev. 2 v.25,26]. In a significant way, Hezekiah sets an example of this happening. But he was a mortal king so his work did not last, but in the kingdom, those Christ puts in authority “will not be hurt by the second death” [v.11] Let us follow Hezekiah’s example now, seeking to follow our Master with all our heart.