Get ready for the shift. God saved Judah from the attacking Assyrians and even extended Hezekiah’s life, but Hezekiah returns to his prideful ways once the pressure is off and everything seems to be okay. As a result, God prepares the next chapter in the life of Judah, the Assyrians are gone but Babylon is on the horizon.
It reminds me how common it is for me to call out to God when I am in need and then rely on myself when things seem fine. My own pride gets in the way and as a result, my own Babylon is on the horizon. It would be better for me to learn that I need God at all times and to trust in him in the good and the bad.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.