Be Like Hezekiah
When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to make war on Jerusalem, he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. A large force of men assembled, and they blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?" they said.
Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the supporting terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields. (2 Chronicles 32:2-5 NIV)
Hezekiah, the great king of Judah, who followed God faithfully, faced a trial. Sennacherib was a tough opponent. He was not an easy target. Fighting him would be a tough challenge, even for Hezekiah. It would have been easy to become afraid, paralyzed by the pressure of leadership. Hezekiah, however, knowing in whom he placed his trust, set out to face Sennacherib.
I like the phrase "he worked hard". To be honest, we don't see enough of hard work these days. As the owner of a small company, I can say that finding, and keeping, a good worker is one of the toughest things I do. In the past year we have hired nearly a dozen people who work a few weeks and then suddenly disappear. Sometimes they go to lunch and never come back. Most of the time if someone isn't working out, I don't have to worry about firing them, a little hard work will cause them to quit!
The story is no different in the church. Statistics say that ten percent of the people do ninety percent of the work. I don't know if that is true, but I do know the really faithful, hard working saints are hard to find.
Hezekiah worked hard. We will see in the days to come that he trusted in the Lord, but it was not a faith without action. Hezekiah put feet to his faith. He continued to do what he knew he was supposed to do. He worked hard, while he waited on the Lord.
Do you have a difficult situation in your life? Don't give up so easily! Apply some hard work to it! Put a little sweat and muscle behind it. Work on the problem with all the strength and wisdom God has given you! Trust me in this, when God says to wait upon the Lord, He doesn't always mean to wait and do nothing. Sometimes God expects us to work and wait. Continue to do what God has called you to do, trusting that He will turn things around for your good, waiting on Him to provide you with the answer.
Work and wait upon the Lord! Hezekiah did!