Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Hezekiah – God’s Chosen Restorer
Pastor Paula White
“Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah[a] the daughter of Zechariah.
2. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.”
2 Chronicles 29:1-2
Prior to Hezekiah’s reign, his father, King Ahaz, brought the very worst forms of idolatry into Israel. Israel had gone into a state of spiritual decay. But when Hezekiah succeeded Ahaz as King at a relatively young age of 25, God spoke well of his character. Hezekiah would rule for 29 years. He was God’s anointed man to bring revival, healing to the nation and restoration!
In the eyes of God, Hezekiah was righteous. He was a restorer from the evil his father did in his faithlessness. Hezekiah restored the temple, brought order to the priesthood, and brought righteousness back in the kingship of Israel.
Hezekiah’s righteous nature would not come without its tests. If anyone desires to live godly in Christ, they will be persecuted and Hezekiah was no different. In the midst of doing what he saw was right by not paying alms to Assyria, the enemy came to make war with Jerusalem. Has an enemy risen up against you? People of God…stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! The battle is not yours, but the battle is the Lord’s!
The voice of the enemy was strong and loud as they stood at the gates of Jerusalem with a powerful and intimidating army. The crowd was speaking against God, against Hezekiah and his abilities as king. The aim of the enemy was to cast doubt and spread dismay to the people. The enemy wants to shake your faith and make you feel discouraged, even angry and discontented. Stand in faith!
In the natural, there was no way no hope for Jerusalem and Hezekiah to escape the oppression and violence of the Assyrians. The thing they needed most was their faith in Jehovah God and His ability, promise and desire to rescue them and fight on their behalf.
To his credit with God, Hezekiah was steadfast. Hezekiah’s faith was not shaken by what he saw in the natural. Hezekiah hung on to the promise that God had given him. Hezekiah continued to follow in obedience despite circumstances rising up against him. Hezekiah kept the course and resisted the enemy. He relied on God and kept his faith. When all hope looked to be lost, the prophet of God came with a Word. The LORD was going to perform a miracle.
Overnight, the enemy’s army was decimated by the hand God’s warring angels. Jewish scholars believed it to be the archangel Gabriel. Hezekiah had victory without having to send forth a single arrow shot.
God is faithful. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him, especially when in times of distress and crisis. He knows it is especially hard to trust Him under trial. When your faith is tested, and you come out on the other side, God has a reward for you!
Hezekiah was a restorer of righteousness. He was a true man of faith and dedication that arose during times of spiritual decay and darkness. Just because the rest of the world has seemed to turn dark does not mean that God can’t raise somebody up out of nowhere. God has His people set aside for service and He knows where they are! Hezekiah was fulfilling his duties and assignment on earth. But the enemy came to disrupt his earthly work of restoration by throwing confusion, war, and death upon God’s people.
Right now, I am speaking to people who are in the process of restoration. You may be experiencing an impasse at the moment. The enemy is at your gates, like in the case of Hezekiah. The enemy may be declaring your doom… but as Isaiah came to Hezekiah with a Word from the LORD, right now I am coming to you with a Word. Stay the course. Your restoration will come to pass.
This is only a test that will be used as a stepping stone to your promotion. Your test will become your testimony. Your trial will be turned to reward. Your darkness will become light, and the new morning will dawn with the favor of God like the dew of the morning grass. You WILL receive His promotion!
Promotion does not come from the east, west, north or south, but it comes from the Lord. There is a promotion to a new path that will lead to your restoration! It will be better than anything you could have imagined because it was birthed in the heart of God with lovingkindness towards you. He has intimate knowledge of your abilities, needs and desires!
God has given me instructions to communicate to those that have an ear to hear this prophetic call. These instructions begin with the issues of the heart. You see, God does not change. It is you and I that change. But God can render new prophetic decrees (or change prophetic decrees) in your life if your heart changes.
My instructions to you are the key to Deuteronomy 11:13-14 “if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, Then I will give you…”
We must “serve him with all our heart and with all our soul”. Consecration. Prayer and worship. Sacrifice. These are the keys in this season! As Hezekiah followed the Lord with all of his heart, all of his soul, and all of his strength, no matter the cost and no matter what came against him, so we must we to obtain the reward on the other side of the trial. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!