CONTINUE TO BE STRONG
Hezekiah began his reign of Judah as a reformer; in today’s daily reading, 2 Chronicles 29, he reestablishes temple worship after it had been grossly neglected by his father, and he did it quickly (29:36).
Reading about the lives of particularly the kings of Judah (since all of the kings of the northern kingdom were evil—didn’t follow the Lord), I have been impressed again that a number of kings who started out well, started strong, didn’t necessarily end their reigns and their lives strong. When they started strong and were blessed and prosperous, too often it “went to their head,” and they ended up with some significant failures, including Hezekiah (see 2 Chron. 32:31 in upcoming readings). We could even think of Saul and Solomon’s reigns before the kingdom was divided. David had failures too, but seemed to recognize and acknowledge them, humble himself, and ended strong, and his royal line is what God chose for the human ancestry of our Lord Jesus.
As we grow older as Christians, from whatever stage in life we came to know the Lord, and whatever our family background and heritage may be, may we continue to be strong in our faith for all the years that God gives us. And always realize that “each of us will give an account of himself to God,” Romans 14:12.