Remember to Give Glory

by APC on April 08, 2020

At that time Berodach-baladan a son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick. Hezekiah listened to and welcomed them and [foolishly] showed them all his treasure house—the silver and gold and spices and precious oil and his armory and everything that was found in his treasuries. There was nothing in his house (palace) nor in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them (II Kings 20:12–13, AMP).

Hezekiah was a good king of Israel. He was faithful to and trusted God. And, when he discovered God was preparing to end his earthly life, he sought God with prayers and tears. Because of his actions, God extended His mercy, performed a miracle, and added fifteen more years to Hezekiah’s life.

This is truly amazing to me each time I read it. While I don’t necessarily condone Hezekiah’s plea for a life-extension, I’m in awe that the Lord would make a way to add time to our fleeting lives. This was something only God could do. What a miracle! What a blessing! What praise should have been brought forth to magnify God who is the Way-Maker, the Lifter of our heads, and the Hearer of our prayers.

But, this isn’t what Hezekiah did. This isn’t what Hezekiah realized.

When Berodach-baladan heard Hezekiah had been sick, he sent a letter and a gift to him. Upon receipt, Hezekiah communicated he was no longer sick and invited him to his home. Here, God had orchestrated the perfect window of opportunity for Hezekiah to witness to Berodach-baladan about the magnificent ability of His God—how He was a Healer and worthy of all honor, glory, and praise.

Sadly, Hezekiah misses this crucial opportunity. He quickly forgets His God and what He has done. He fails to realize how the power of his witness and praise will change another individual. He overlooks the necessity of offering praise to the Lord for pouring out a blessing he didn’t deserve.

Instead, Hezekiah shows Berodach-baladan all the treasures in his house. He was boastful and self-consumed. He never once communicated that God had any part in his restoration or the accumulation of wealth. Scripture later tells us the root of Hezekiah’s shortcoming: pride.

But Hezekiah did nothing [for the Lord] in return for the benefit bestowed on him, because his heart had become proud; therefore God’s wrath came on him and on Judah and Jerusalem (II Chronicles 32:25, AMP)

It’s easy to look at Hezekiah and think, “What was that guy thinking?!?” But, we all do it. How many of us are in a situation when we tell God, “If you would just do X for me, I promise I’ll tell everyone. I promise I’ll be a better witness for You. I promise I’ll change the way I live.” However, when the healing comes, or the financial blessing appears, we quickly forget God and return to our normal way of life. And, sadly, sometimes we forget to give God praise for what He’s done. Even worse, we don’t testify to others of His wonder-working power.

God, thank you for the gentle reminder today that You have poured out a multitude of blessings on every one of us. We aren’t worthy, but You made us worthy. We don’t deserve it, but You give it anyway. Help us to remember to be grateful to You—to give honor, where honor is due; to give praise, where praise is due. Thank you, Jesus for who You are, what You’ve done, and what You will continually do for us. All glory belongs to You, not to us.