Following Dad’s Lead

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.”  2 Kings 18:3.

My father had a Godly influence on my life.  I was blessed to have that.

My father was a minister and as a preacher’s kid I was a regular attendee in many church services.  Not always happy to be there!

I was taught by him at an early age about hell and heaven.  I learned Scripture and I was familiar with Bible stories.  I thought that was enough…..but it wasn’t.

I became a believer as a pre-teen. One night I was awake in fear of death.  I wasn’t sick. I just began to realize that if I should die before I woke up, I was going to wake up in hell.  The realization scared me plenty!

All the times that my father had preached on the topic suddenly jelled into an understanding that I was hopelessly lost.  I needed to be saved.  Thankfully, in God’s providence, my dad had explained what I needed to do.  And so, I confessed that I was a sinner and believed that Jesus had died for my sins.  I invited Him into my life.  This was the blessed result for me of being raised by a Godly father.

Hezekiah was also blessed to have a Godly father like David.  Hezekiah knew, from his father’s example, what it took to please God; to do what “was right in the eyes of the Lord.”

David wasn’t a perfect father but Hezekiah, thanks to God’s intervention, was able find the lifestyle he needed to live out to please God.

I am a father, grandfather, uncle, and father-in-law.  I must set a Godly example.  There must be a willingness to follow God’s lead in my life.  Others in my family are watching.  Some of them may be learning.  Will I give the Hezekiah’s in my life what they need to please Him?  How about you?

 

 

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