Today’s Daily Word From The Message Bible
2 Kings 18:1-3
1 In those days Hezekiah became ill; so he lay on his [own] bed, and prayed to the Lord his God to help him.
2 Meanwhile, the prophet Isaiah was praising God; so with his praise, he exalted himself.
3 And Hezekiah became wiser in his own eyes than all the wise men of his [even] own generation, save only the prophet, Isaiah.
The prophet Isaiah praises God with such enthusiastic hearts and yet he has to make mention of the devil.
Hezekiah is being wise in his own eyes when he praises God, yet, he still praised the devil. Even in praising God, he must mention the devil.
The phrase “Dark Shall Never Know the Way” refers to the situation regarding the devil and those who believe in him.
There is no power that can match the devil; he has no power at all against anyone having faith in Jesus Christ. No one has power over him, but there is always a great weakness in those who allow their power to rule them. There is always the temptation to use physical power to rule the physical world.
This is what Jesus is saying to us. Over a period of time, people have submitted themselves to their own powers. The more self-absorbed, belligerent, and competitive, the greater will be the power with which he will attempt to wrestle the physical world away from us.
Many people do not know the persuasive power of their own testimonies; how many do you know? Someone may have been the head of their family for some years, only to be reviled by an influential neighbor. That person may have continued in that job, and so did not move on.
The bible says about righteousness:
The Key to Righteousness is Faith.
Lubov Nora saw that all his righteousnesses were as filthy rags, and he thought within himself and sought to purify himself.
(NIV) 1 Wisdom 3:1-3
1 Now, to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present [a] peace of mind in the bitterness of his wrath, to him will I give some of the hidden manna, and will demonstrate for you what is the moderate amount, that you may eat and be satisfied.
2 For to one who is healthy and alert and awake, non-materialistic and innocent, such [a] person gives the fruit of righteousness.
3 But to the healthy and alert and healthy-minded person, who keeps himself influenced by the distresses of life and doesn’t loosen his grip on his circumstances, such people will receive wrath.
We have to be careful with our own situations, as with those things over and above our control; those things we cannot personally control. Yet we live in this condition every day.
When we begin to understand the real situation, we call out to God.
In our desperation we want to know, Why is God allowing me to suffer from such torment?
It is because it is an essential teaching for us so that we might grow.
In conclusion, King Hezekiah was a good king. He was one of the best kings of the Bible. Even though he had some major mistakes, he still is one of the most loved kings of Israel. He was a just, caring and faithful king. He was the king that had the Temple built, and he ended idol worship. He was a great influence on his son as well as on the people of Israel. He was a great king.