There was a king who ruled in Jerusalem whose life in leadership exemplifies the principles in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 and his name is Hezekiah and the whole story of what we will be looking at is found in 2 Chronicles chapters 29-32 and it makes interesting reading. God makes a great statement about him at the beginning of our story here:
2 Chronicles 29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
And towards the end of his rein, God had this to say about him:
2 Chronicles 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
God must judge sin yet because of this godly leader who humbled himself he managed to postpone the wrath of God for his generation. Our nation sins are many, and God’s judgment is true and right, so how can we imitate this leader and help turn the wrath of a just God from our nation?
- First he set God’s house in order. (2 Chronicles 29:4-19) They cleaned, repaired and got all the articles in place so they could praise and make sacrifice to God. The first step is twofold. Christians, as the temple of the Holy Spirit must first get our own lives in order so we can truly praise and worship God and secondly as the Church, come together for our nation and pray for it, nothing else can happen. This is all part of humbling ourselves, just as Hezekiah did.
- He sought God’s face. Three times a year an Israelite was to present himself before the Lord God, and one of those times was during the Passover feast. By reinstituting the Passover he was presenting himself and his people before the face of God. (2 Chronicles 29:1 ff.) We as the people of God today who name His name need to be consecrated and ready to present ourselves before God.
- He tuned them from the wicked ways. He cut down the groves, the high places of Ba’al. (2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.) We need to remove the beam from our own eyes to see clearly to remove the beam we perceive in the eyes of others. This starts by us casting down our own high places (2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;)
- When the threat came, they made proper preparation for the battle. They repaired their walls to the city; they stopped up the water so the king of Assyria could not get any. (2 Chronicles 32:1-9) They armed themselves and prepared for war. We are in a battle and need to make ready. We need to fight the good fight of faith every way we can in accordance to the law. We need to fight homosexual marriage and abortion in the courts. We can legally protest in the streets. However we do not have the right to break the law. Attacks on clinics only hurt the cause of Christ. Active hating of the sinner only drives them from God. Things like this grieve the heart of God. We must always be motivated by not only standing for what is right, but doing so out of a heart that loves.
- When the emery cried out against them and the True God, and the people became afraid, the king and Isaiah cried out to God all the more. (2 Chronicles 32:10-20) The enemy said no god can stand before our god. All others have fallen. The same thing the devil is saying today. We cannot stand before modernism, humanism, your God and His ideas are antiquated and outdated; you are intolerant and out of touch. You Christians need to get relevant. Just like Hezekiah and Isaiah did, we need to cry out to God all the more.
After this entire God did hear and sent His angel to defeat the enemy. God can and will save our nation but only if we do things His way. Are we as those who claim His name willing to stand up and pay the price to see it happen?