Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 32:23-33. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 32:24-26 (NIV) 24 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.
On verses 24-26: What can we learn from this? How we respond to God’s grace is crucial. If your heart is proud like Hezekiah’s was in verse 25, you will not respond to God when He treats you well and you will forfeit the blessing that God otherwise wants to give you. But if you repent of your pride and humble yourself before the Lord, as Hezekiah later does in verse 26, you give God room to bless you again.
2 Chronicles 32:27-31 (NIV) 27 Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables. 28 He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks. 29 He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches. 30 It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook. 31 But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.
On verses 27-33: Verses 27-30 speak of Hezekiah’s worldly success. Verse 31 speaks of God’s test to see what was in Hezekiah’s heart. What can we learn from this? When success comes your way, you will be tested. As Pastor Jon Courson writes, “The true test does not necessarily come in adversity but in prosperity. Be careful. The true test often comes when things are going well.” (Jon Courson’s Application Commentary Old Testament Volume 1) So when things are going well, be grateful, stay humble and remember that your success is far more the Lord’s doing than it is yours.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I would always respond the right way to the grace You show me. Every day may my attitude toward You be one of open-hearted gratitude and humility, not close-hearted pride. May I not say stupid things or make stupid decisions because of pride in my heart, but may Your Spirit keep me humble and make me wise in all that I do. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!