He trusted in the Lord the God of Israel; so that there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him, or among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord; he did not depart from following him but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. II Kings 18:5-6 NRSV
At this point in 2 Kings, it sure is nice to see that there was at least one king that did as God commanded.
In fact, Hezekiah did more than just keep God's commandments -- he also removed every idol and worship place in Judah. He was thorough in his obedience. He kept God's commandments and under his rule the people did as well. So, they all prospered and lived well under his reign.
Today's reading reminds us how thoroughly God asks us to obey. God does not want us just to go to worship; God wants us to live Christian lives. God does not want us just to tithe; God wants us to love our neighbor. God doesn't just want us to obey 9 out of 10 commandments or to love God but not love ourselves. God wants all of us, all of the time.
Are you holding fast to God?
God, you ask us to fully obey you and follow your commandments. Sometimes that is so hard! We try, Lord, but often we fall short. Help us to be more obedient in all areas of our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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