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2 Kings 18:4-10 He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan. He trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him. For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses. The LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. He subdued the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory, from watchtower to fortified city. Now it came to pass in the fourth year of King Hezekiah, which was the seventh year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria and besieged it. And at the end of three years they took it. In the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is, the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken.

King Hezekiah is a rare example of a person who followed God during a time when sin and rebellion predominated. In today's text extract, we read that God blessed king Hezekiah because he was obedient to the Lord. God was with him and he was successful in everything which he did.

There are great results when you serve the Lord. When you serve the Lord, you will be different and are special.

Following God does not necessarily mean that you will be well-off financially, but it means that you have a relationship with God, who motivates you to lead a different life. The Bible tells us that those who do not follow the Lord are walking in darkness, however, those who fear God are walking in the light. Following God does not mean that everyday will be a perfect day and that life will always be simple. However, it does mean that we live in the light and do not have to wander around in confusion; for God always shows us the way out of things, that is, He gives us the solution at the right time. Therefore, follow HIM and experience the blessing of God and live a full life. jk

Additional verses to study: Numbers 21:1-9; Deuteronomy 28: 1-14; 2. Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 60:12, 119:98; Proverbs 25:1,24:5; Daniel 6:3, 11:32; Matthew 1:1-10

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