2 Kings 20:16-19, “ And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.  Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.  And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.  Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?”
What a selfish attitude Hezekiah had in this passage. The prophet Isaiah came to him and told him that the children of Israel one day would be conquered by Babylon. As a King, you think this would bring grief to Hezekiah. However it was quite the opposite. He said, “Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?” He was more concerned about what would happen in his lifetime than what would happen to future generations. As long as his life was ok, nothing else mattered to him.
We can look down at Hezekiah and criticize him for his attitude, but I feel that we have the same attitude at times as well. What are more focused on? Are we focused on what we can get out of life for ourselves or are we more concerned about how we can help future generations?
We must stand up for what is right in our generation. There’s a coming a day when everything we know is right based on the Bible will be wrong and everything wrong according to God’s Word will be considered right. The less we stand for what is right, the sooner that day will come. Let us stand for what is right today. There is much more to life than just making sure we have peace in our day. Think of those coming after you. Let us focus on leaving them the best that we can. How’s our attitude today? It is selfish or are we focused on others?
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