Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 18

Hezekiah son of Ahaz began to rule over Judah in the third year of King Hoshea’s reign in Israel. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. He did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done. He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan. (​2 Kings 18:1-4 NLT)
what we need is a ‘Hezekiah’ in our lives
Much of this chapter includes historical information, but this action by Hezekiah to break up the bronze serpent is significant. This object had been made by Moses during the Israelites time in the desert. (See Numbers 21) It represented many things to the people, but it should have been a reminder of God’s provision of redemption.
Unfortunately, what should have been something that pointed the people to God, had itself become an object of the people’s worship. It had become an idol, something that drew the people away from God, rather than pointing them to God.
Hezekiah recognized this problem. Even though the bronze serpent was an important part of their history, he destroyed it because it was leading them away from God.
When I think about this story, I wonder about the idols we allow into our lives. Perhaps they are the objects, people, ideas, or movements that have such a grip on our attention that we are pulled away from a relationship with God. Our thoughts and actions can be consumed by these.
Maybe what we need is a ‘Hezekiah’ in our lives, a person who can recognize things that are drawing us away from God and help us break those things apart. Who might you approach with the honest question, “What do you see in my life that is pulling me away from God, rather than helping me walk more closely with God?”