After All that Was Faithfully Done
After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah (2 Chronicles 32:1a NIV).
After something done well, people are usually rewarded. This should be especially true when you do something faithfully. But contrary to expectations, Hezekiah finds himself in a difficult situation. He might have wondered why God should allow the enemy to fight him when he had done everything faithfully. He had reopened the temple, cleansed it of idols, celebrated the passover and helped people come back to God. Yet the enemy came!
In Christian life, if you obey God faithfully, it is quite possible that trials would come in the place of rewards. This is because the forces of evil cannot stand still when God’s cause and glory is advanced through your faithfulness. To discourage you and make you deviate from the path of duty they surround you to attack. God has recorded this incident in the Bible to help us understand this principle. It is because many have not understood this principle that they are caught by surprise when things go wrong immediately after they have faithfully done something for God.
There is a great lesson in the way Hezekiah faced this problem. He did not waver. He encouraged His people to be strong and courageous. He pointed out that they had God on their side. And the people gained confidence from his words.
Let us remember that it is not because God has forgotten us that problems come immediately after what we have faithfully done. He is faithful. It was demonstrated when an angel of the Lord killed off the enemies and caused Sennacherib’s downfall. The war was won without Hezekiah having to fight. That also happened “After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done!’