For some reason, the verbs associated with Hezekiah in these two chapters really strike me. And they’re words that show the qualities God wants in his leaders. What are they?
Hezekiah prayed for his people (30:18). In this case, there were a number of people that celebrated the Passover, but were not ceremonially clean as required by God’s law, and apparently, some became sick as a result. But Hezekiah prayed that God would show mercy to them because they were coming with hearts set on seeking him. And God heard, and he healed.
Hezekiah encouraged his people (30:22). He saw the hard work the Levites were doing for the Lord, and he didn’t just take them for granted. Instead, he spoke words of encouragement, letting them know how grateful he was for them and their work.
Hezekiah assigned work to his people (31:2). He didn’t try to do everything himself. Instead, he assigned out God’s work to the priests and Levites as God had commanded.
Hezekiah contributed what he had in order to get things done (31:3). He didn’t just order people to do things. He himself, gave of his own possessions in order to do the Lord’s work, in this case for the burnt offerings.
Hezekiah sought God (31:20-21). Probably the most important of all the things listed. He didn’t just rely on his own wisdom (although he would fail in this from time to time). But he honestly wanted to please God. And so he made his relationship with God a priority. In doing so, he did what was good, right, and faithful before God, working wholeheartedly.
That’s the kind of leader God wants. Whether it’s leading a church, or simply (or not so simply) leading your children. That you pray for your people, encourage them, assign them responsibilities instead of doing everything yourself, but on the other hand, contributing what you can instead of laying back and doing nothing. And most of all, seeking God with all your heart.
What kind of leader are you?