He trusted in Yahweh the God of Israel; there was no one like him, before or after, among all the kings of Judah. He held on to Yahweh; he did not depart from following him, and he kept his commands that Yahweh had commanded Moses.” (2 Kings 18:5–6, LEB)

If there is a formula for success in life, we find it in this description of Hezekiah’s story.  He came in and took a wrecking ball to the pagan rites that had infiltrated the culture of Judah.  Just reading the verbs used to describe Hezekiah’s actions is instructive:

  • He removed the high places
  • He smashed the stone pillars
  • He cut down the poles of Asherah worship
  • And demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had made

This is not all that Hezekiah did, however.  He destroyed what needed to be destroyed, but his actions were also constructive.

  • He trusted in Yahweh the God of Israel
  • He held on to Yahweh
  • He did not depart from following him
  • He kept his commands that Yahweh had commanded Moses.

If you are to follow the Lord by faith, dear reader, you will have to allow the Lord to take a wrecking ball to your own life and destroy what needs to be destroyed.  Some things need construction: Trust in the Lord. Hold on to the Lord. Pursue him relentlessly, and obey his commands. This is the formula for success in life.  It hasn’t changed in the past 4000 years.

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