“Now it came about in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem… And he did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done. He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan. He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him. For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.” ~ 2 Kings 18:1-2a, 3-7
Israel was carried away into captivity by Assyria while King Hezekiah reigned in Judah. What a contrast this king was! The very things that brought about Israel’s fall were addressed by Hezekiah.
“And he did right in the sight of the LORD”, walking with God like David.
He destroyed the high places and the sacred pillars and the Asherah, where the people had worshiped other gods.
“He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel” in a way that no other king of Judah, before or after him, had done.
“For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments”- I love this! Like a child clinging to his mother’s leg, not desiring to ever be separated or wander away, King Hezekiah desired to follow God that closely.
Because of Hezekiah’s choices to obey, trust, follow and cling to Him, “the LORD was with him; wherever he went he prospered.”
I wrote in the margin of my Bible four years ago, “I want to be like this.” That is still my heart’s desire today, to do right in the sight of the LORD, to trust in God fully, and to cling to Him with all my heart, my soul, my mind, and my might! 🙂