2 Chronicles 32: 27-33

It is repeated here that Hezekiah had very great riches (27, 29). Some people do. There are those who are entrusted with more than others. What we must always remember is that our wealth is a sacred trust. It is not ours but God’s, and we must use it as He directs (and not turn a deaf ear when He says to give and share.) Hezekiah ended up very wealthy and much honoured…God saw to it that he was extravagantly rich. The Message

Hezekiah had very great honour (27, 23). In the wake of the deliverance from Sennacherib he was highly regarded by all the nations (23).But remember A man can receive only what is given him from heaven (John 3:27), and some are handed more resources than others; some are granted more power and influence and eminence than others.

Hezekiah had very great success. In verse thirty we are given just one example of this in his work on a great water supply project.

So Hezekiah had a lot going for him. However, if you are given much, much will be required of you. Sad as it is to say:

Hezekiah also had a great fall (31). No matter how great you have been or how outstanding your record may be, pride will take you down. I remember a friend of mine, a fine church elder I worked with at one time, saying, ‘’I don’t want to be a proud man, because God says He ‘opposes the proud’, and the Lord makes a formidable opponent. I don’t want to have Him opposing me!’’ (See James 4:6) I remember the utter sincerity with which he said this. He was clearly aware of the insidious temptation to be proud, but didn’t want pride to rule his heart and have the final say in his life. But when the rulers of Babylon sent emissaries to find out about the sign from God that had taken place earlier, God left him on his own to see what he would do; he wanted to test his heart. The Message. A church leader was writing about a much esteemed colleague. He said that he was a man with great gifts, and he wondered why his friend had remained in a fairly small sphere of service and not received greater recognition. When he mentioned this to him one day his reply was to the effect that he didn’t think that he would be able to handle such success. This response showed great self- awareness and humility of heart. It is no doubt true of some of us that we could not handle elevation in the eyes of men. God’s law of gravity says that ‘what goes down must come up’ (1 Pet.5:5, 6). But what goes up can come crashing back to earth with a bang and cause serious injuries. He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).

However, the last word on Hezekiah is a good word. We can thank God for His grace and mercy. One blot on the page doesn’t have to totally ruin a life’s work and won’t necessarily disqualify from a good overall mark. I believe the Lord was pleased with his ‘paper’ and the Biblical record shows this. We marvel at such grace, that no fall need be fatal or final.

Everyone in Judah and Jerusalem came to the funeral. He was buried in great honor. The Message. May the autobiographies we are writing with our minutes, hours and days reach a good conclusion. Make it your aim, by God’s grace, to finish strong and finish well.

Prayer: Lord God make my life an inspiration to others.