When is it that we are more likely to approach God for help and guidance? Is it when things are going well in our lives? Probably not. It is usually when we are feeling the most hopeless, defeated, and when we have no other option than turning towards God. It really shouldn’t be that way, but because of our human nature we are inclined to behave like that. We know from God’s word that there is a danger associated with this behavior. We cannot forget God when things are going well because that is when pride creeps in and slowly turns into a false sense of power. We see a relevant example of this in the life of Hezekiah.
So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side. And many were bringing gifts to the Lord at Jerusalem and choice presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter. In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill; and he prayed to the Lord, and the Lord spoke to him and gave him a sign. But Hezekiah gave no return for the benefit he received, because his heart was proud; therefore wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. However, Hezekiah humbled the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come on them in the days of Hezekiah. | 2 Chronicles 32:22-26
To give some context to this story, Hezekiah, the King of Israel, was at war with the king of Assyria who had been ridiculing both Hezekiah’s and God’s decisions. The king of Assyria wanted to break down the confidence of the Israelite people in an effort to force them to surrender. God was okay with the Assyrian king until he ridiculed Him and His people. In retaliation, we read from the same chapter, that God destroyed “every mighty warrior, commander and officer in the camp of the king of Assyria.” From that point onwards is when the events from the above verses take place.
Hezekiah was one of the few kings of Israel who walked according to the will of God. It says in 2 Chronicles 29:2, “He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.” He was counted as a righteous king because he feared the Lord and made an effort to follow God’s direction with his actions. Though he was a good king, that didn’t mean that he was impervious to sin creeping into his life. In fact, almost all the kings of Israel had some sort of sin that they struggled with. We are given insight into their lives so that we can understand and learn from them.
In the case of Hezekiah, he grew prideful and forgot about God when he became victorious over the Assyrian king and was healed from his sickness. Hezekiah did the right thing by seeking God in a time of desperation. He knew he could not overcome the armies of the Assyrian king by himself, and he knew no one other than God could cure him from the illness he was suffering from. We are usually the same way when we face desperate situations in our lives. The first things we do as believers is plead before God, share our situation as a matter of prayer in our church, and constantly dwell on it until we find resolution in the matter. This is not wrong in any way, but just like we seek God in the bad times, we must also give thanks to Him in the good times.
So how do we put this into action? Think of all the times you personally have sought God in times of need. What was the end result? How did the situation turn out? If God answered your prayers and addressed your need, did you give Him the thanks that is due to Him, or did you forget about Him? If the situation didn’t turn out the way you intended or expected, it’s okay. God’s plan is still perfect, and He hasn’t forgotten you. No matter what the end result, we must realize that ultimately, God is in control. He is working through each situation to draw you closer to Him. All He wants us to do is seek Him through the good, the bad, and the ugly circumstances life throws at us!