His name literally means “Jehovah is my strength.” It’s one thing to be named something like that, it’s quite another to actually believe it. But as I’m reading in 2Kings 18 and 19 this morning that’s exactly what Hezekiah did, he lived up to his name. In fact, he’s the only king of Judah or Israel of whom it was written, “He trusted.”
In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, . . . And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done. . . . He trusted in the LORD the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him.
(2Kings 18:1-5 ESV)
Hit me like a ton of bricks as I was reading this morning. Don’t think I’ve ever had the Spirit bring this to my attention before. But as I read the word “trusted” in verse five it felt like I hadn’t seen that attribute mentioned much in the annals of the kings. And as I’m reading chapters 18 and 19, the word comes up again and again–8 more times–all in the context of Judah’s enemy, the king of Assyria, telling the people of Judah not to listen to their king should he tell them to trust in the LORD for deliverance from Assyria.
“Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD by saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
(2Kings 18:30 ESV)
And it’s not just that I hadn’t read “trusted” much in 1 and 2 Kings, it’s that, until this point, I hadn’t read it all.
I checked. You will not find the word trust (at least in the ESV) anywhere in 1Kings or 2Kings other than in the passage I read today which introduces a king who trusted in God like no other king before or after him. The word is not to be found anywhere else other than here where the enemy mocks those who would trust in their God when no other god has been able to withstand the conquering hoard of the Assyrians.
And, honestly, I’m blown away! Not just because I’ve discovered the trust passage in 1 and 2 Kings but because the Spirit allowed me to see it! As much as I am inspired by King Hezekiah’s faithfulness and leadership, I’m in awe again at the ability for the Spirit of God to be my teacher . . . to illuminate the Word of God . . . to reveal the mind of the Almighty . . . to lead me into all truth. Just as Jesus promised (John 16:13). Just as Paul said would happen (1Corinthians 2:9-16).
And so, a fresh longing is ignited this morning to trust as Hezekiah trusted. Not only because of his example but also because of the still small voice that whispers, “Take note, Pete. Without faith it is impossible to please Me. I am Jehovah your strength. Will you trust me?”
He trusted. I would too!
By Your grace . . . for Your glory!