Do you live a life faithful to God or do you handle things your own way disobeying God's word? 2 Kings 20-21 shows two examples of kings who chose different relationships with God. King Hezekiah obeyed God's will whereas, King Manasseh disobeyed God. As a result, of their lifestyles both men had very different outcomes.
King Hezekiah was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah had come to Hezekiah to warn him that he was not going to live, but would die. "set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and will not live." 2 Kings 20:1 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed a simple prayer reminding God that he had remained faithful to him throughout his life . " I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore" 2 King 20:3 Before the prophet Isaiah got to the middle of Hezekiah's house God told him to go back and tell the king that he heard his prayer and would heal him. "...tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord... I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold I will heal thee..." 2 Kings 20:5 God hears all of our prayers and sees our tears when we live a faithful life dedicated to God he will bless us, however if we live our live contrary to his will disaster awaits us.
Manasseh was Hezekiah's son and unlike his father did the opposite of what God wanted. He built altars for Baal (a false god), he sacrificed his son in the fire," used enchantments, dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger." 2 Kings 21:6 Manasseh went completely against the will of God and because of his evil God punished him and the entire nation of Israel. " ... I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever hearth of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down." 2 Kings 21:12-13 God is no joke he said he would wipe the nation as a man wipes a dish! When we disobey God's word he will punish us. It may not come immediately, but it will come.
Are you a Hezekiah who lives your life in truth doing good in the sight of God or are you a Manasseh who lives your life doing things your own way going against God's will? Will God answer your prayers or wipe you out due to your disregard of him?
God is merciful if you are not living your life in accordance to his will repent and seek after him.
Stay Blessed and Continue Warring for Christ!
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