Finally, after all the wickedness and the compromises there comes a king that decides to do right. His father before him, Ahaz, was terribly wicked. So what made him decide to do right and reject the pagan worship that his father, and many others around him, practiced? Perhaps his mother had an influence on him, or his grandfather, or someone else. We don’t know. All we know is that he decided to do right. He was probably expected to follow the ways of his evil father. It would have been the easy way.
But God got a hold of his heart and Hezekiah did not turn away. I would guess that years before his inauguration at age twenty five he decided that he would continue listening to God and to the godly voices around him—that he would do the brave thing, the right thing. I love that he did that. That is an encouragement to me. Also, to see how God was with him through all the trouble he had with Assyria and how he stayed strong and was a strong leader, this gives me courage.
What a brave and God fearing king he was! How proud God must be of him. Three entire chapters, 2 Kings 18-20, are devoted to his story. I especially like how it begins, from 2 Kings 18:1-7:
Now it came about in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. 3 And he did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him. 6 For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. 7 And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.