“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?