Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. (2 Kings 18:5)
The quality of a person and his or her leadership isn’t always known until years after the person’s life is over. It’s only in hindsight that we can truly see the motives behind a person’s actions and the quality of a person’s character. The remarkable thing about Hezekiah is that he is remembered as the greatest king of Judah. As people looked back on his life, they saw that his commitment to the Lord was a model for how to live.
As we enter into a new year, I think it’s good to think about the type of person you want to be. How do you want people to remember you? Are you living in a way that is consistent with that desire? If you need to make some course corrections, there is no better time than now.
Father, I want to live my life in a way that’s pleasing to You so that, one day, people will be able to look back and see how the quality of my words and the quality of my life were in step with one another. In the coming year, give me courage to let others into my life to hold me accountable so that I might one day be remembered the way that Hezekiah is remembered today.