Responding to the kindness of God

‘But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him’ 2 Chronicles 32.25

In yesterday’s verse, we heard that Hezekiah was in many ways an amazing king who brought his people back to the worship of the living God. Yet in this last passage about his life, we are told that he went so wrong. His wrongdoing was not about any moral failure or political treachery, but simply that he stopped responding to God’s kindness to him.

We are all probably just as guilty of overlooking God’s kindness to us. It may be that you have been neglecting to thank him for his kindness, or are beginning to regard life’s blessings as the results of your own efforts and goodness. Perhaps you realise you are walking down more legalistic paths, thinking that if you do ‘this and that’ then God will bless you, when all along God’s goodness has been down to his kindness and not your behaviour.

The good news is that Hezekiah repented and turned back to God. It may be you also might need to turn back to God and once again start recognising that your blessings come from his wonderful kindness and responding to him with gratitude.