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Scripture: 2 Chronicles 32: 25-26 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 on them during the days of Hezekiah.
Observation: As we read the scriptures about Hezekiah, it shows that he did alot of "right" in God's eyes. God was good to him. 2nd Kings 18:7 tells us: 7 And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. Later we find Hezekiah getting a little prideful in his heart and not responding to God's kindness and this is something the Lord despises especially when we start putting "ourselves" first before him.
Application: This gives us a big hint that God looks at our lives to see if we are grateful in all that He's done for us. We should never take credit for the good, the gifts, the promotions, the good health, our family and friends, our success, our home, our job, etc. God is faithful when we remain faithful to him and our attitude of grattitude is truly pleasing to the Lord. When we do sin and do things displeasing to God we should immediately repent of those things and confess them to God because He is "faithful" to forgive just as he did with Hezekiah.
Prayer: Lord when I look back in all the great things you have blessed me with, help me not to fall into the trap of being prideful in those things because I am really nothing without you. Soften my heart when it starts to get hard because of what the world/enemy wants to entangle me with. Help me to number my days wisely...in Jesus name...Amen.
"Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord!"
Pastor Cameron Hiro, Heart of Aloha Church