In 2 Chronicles 32:31 we read these words concerning Hezekiah. But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.
These are sobering words concerning the sovereign works of our God. Two things we need to remember as we consider these words are that:
- The Lord loves us as His people and is working everything so that we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Saviour.
- The Lord has promised never to leave us or forsake us. (see Hebrews 13:5 quoting from Deuteronomy 31:6)
But what do these words mean concerning Hezekiah? He obviously went through a time of not feeling anything of God. He had no felt awareness of the Lord working.
In all this God was working to give him a clear examination. Was Hezekiah only doing the Lord’s will because of the evidence of the Lord in his life. Or was Hezekiah doing God’s will because it was God’s will and that is all that matters. We must obey our kind heavenly father not because He is with us, but because of who He is.
How do I respond when I am not feeling the presence of God? How do I respond when there seems to be a barrenness and a coldness in my soul. Do I still seek to please Him even when I have no feelings for such?