By Donna Wittlif
Hezekiah was one of the most righteous kings of Judah. He turned to God often in his fight against the enemies of God's people, and God helped him. Then Hezekiah became very sick. God told him that he was going to die, but Hezekiah again begged for help from God, and God healed him and extended his life for fifteen years.
Perhaps all God's help and endowment of riches went to Hezekiah's head. Under false pretenses, the Babylonians came to bring Hezekiah a present and congratulate him for getting well. Hezekiah let down his guard and showed them all his treasure stores. "There is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed them," Hezekiah told Isaiah in 2 Kings 20:15. Then Isaiah said, "All that is in thy house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left."
Hezekiah's story serves as a warning for us. It is easy for us to be proud of the spiritual blessings we have from God. We are contented because we are children of God. We have salvation and eternal life. Maybe we even boast of our knowledge of God's word. Maybe we sit back and say, "I am a good Christian, and I've done lots for God." We become complacent.
Our adversary, the devil, walks about and seeks whom he may devour. Has he lured us into a state of comfort and satisfaction in our own salvation? Have we forgotten that we are ambassadors of Christ, sent to lead others unto God? May we put on the whole armor of God and join His army to fight Satan. Let us give diligence lest we fall into negligence and disobedience in our duty to save the lost.
- Donna Wittlif, the founder and first editor of BulletinGold, lives in Denver, CO. Donna is also a writer of fiction. Her novels, World Eternal: Promises and World Eternal: Proselytes, and World Eternal: Perils, and her newest book, Finding Her Heart, are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book outlets. For more information visit her website. http://www.donnarwittlif.com/