Read 2 Kings 16 today.

King Ahaz was the king of Judah (the southern tribes) during a time when Judah was under attack from all sides. He sought an alliance with the Assyrians in order to protect his rule. The events of this chapter record some of the thing Ahaz did in order to maintain the alliance with Assyria.
The phrase, “in deference to the king of Assyria” is a telling one. Assyria represented the significant power and threat of that day. The question would be whether to place one’s trust in the obvious power of the moment – Assyria, or in God. We can see the choice made by Ahaz.
The same choice is always before us. The temporary holders of power come and go. With whom will we cast our lot?
2 Kings 16:7-10, 18 NLT
King Ahaz sent messengers to King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria with this message: “I am your servant and your vassal. Come up and rescue me from the attacking armies of Aram and Israel.” [8] Then Ahaz took the silver and gold from the Temple of the LORD and the palace treasury and sent it as a payment to the Assyrian king. [9] So the king of Assyria attacked the Aramean capital of Damascus and led its population away as captives, resettling them in Kir. He also killed King Rezin.
[10] King Ahaz then went to Damascus to meet with King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria. While he was there, he took special note of the altar. Then he sent a model of the altar to Uriah the priest, along with its design in full detail.
[18] In deference to the king of Assyria, he also removed the canopy that had been constructed inside the palace for use on the Sabbath day, as well as the king’s outer entrance to the Temple of the LORD.