“He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches.” 2 Ch. 32:29
Was this the peak of Hezekiah on earth? I often wonder. Humanly speaking, he obviously had succeeded and by this time was universally recognized as a great success.
If accumulation of great wealth was the standard of measurement of success, surely the king had made it. He seemed to have erected enough treasure houses to store up all his possessions, which were innumerable.
“He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches,” we read. It appeared the king’s great riches were given to him by the Lord, and these material blessings might have been a clear indication of the favor of God directed toward him.
The Lord is still sitting on his throne and he isn’t beholden to any men at all. He alone is the One who formulate the standard by which we measure our successes or failures.
Had the life of our Lord Jesus been judged according to human standards, he would have been considered a great failure. At his death he didn’t even have a nickel to his name, and the only valuable thing he possessed, his coat, was divided. Yet when he uttered “it’s finished,” he became the greatest success throughout human history.
Our success should always be determined by whether we have faithfully fulfilled what we are called to do here on earth, and anything beyond this is superfluous at best.
Whatever treasure we have stored up in heaven will forever remain there, but the wealth we have collected on earth will be buried with us and, unless we are covered by the blood-stained robe of Jesus, we will be utterly naked when we appear before the throne of judgment.
As far as our success is concerned, we should value whatever the Lord values and disdain whatever he detests.
Hezekiah was at his best when he was afflicted and he was truly great when he dared to defy the insolent Sennacherib. When his kingdom was teetering at the brink of destruction, his trust in the Lord was the greatest, which was how Hezekiah as the young king of Judah was defined. The measure of the man’s success should have been equal to the amount of his trust in the Lord.
Surely Hezekiah’s illustrious career as a God-fearing king of Judah shouldn’t be measured and defined by what he did during the last fifteen years of his life, when he succumbed to the temptation of human vanity.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:09:00 AM