2 Kings 18:3
“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.”
The description of Hezekiah’s character and choices in the verse above is more amazing when you realize the environment in which he made the choice to do right in the sight of the LORD. Hezekiah was reared in an ungodly environment. 2 Kings 17:41 best describes the environment when it says, “So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.” Notice, these nations around him mingled the worship of the LORD with their heathen practices. On top of this, Ahaz his father didn’t do right. So, not only was Hezekiah reared in an ungodly environment, but he was also reared in an ungodly home, and yet he still did right.
My friend, doing right is not inherited, nor is it a result of a great environment, even though environment can make a difference; doing right is a choice that you must make with no excuses when you do wrong. The fact that Hezekiah still knew how to do right shows that in any environment God instills in the hearts of individuals the knowledge that the wrong that they do is sin. There are several lessons that Hezekiah’s choice reminds us.
First, doing right is an individual’s choice. A lot is said in our society about a person’s right to choose to do with their own body what they want to do, and they are right, but that doesn’t make what they do with their body right. God gives you a choice of what to do in life in spite of the environment and societal pressures around you. What you do with that choice determines whether God can bless you or punish you for your actions.
Second, you can’t blame your surroundings when you do wrong. Just because everyone around you does wrong doesn’t mean that you have a right to continue doing wrong. God holds you accountable for what you do. It is not that everyone around you is getting away with what they do; it is the fact that God expects you to do right in spite of how wicked society is around you.
Third, you can’t blame ignorance for your choice to do wrong. How did Hezekiah know to do right when his father and the society in which he was raised did wrong? He knew to do right because God’s Holy Spirit guided him into the right because he yielded to Him. You don’t have to know everything that is right and wrong in order to do right; if you would just do right with what you know, God’s Holy Spirit will show you what is wrong as you do right. The easiest way to know what is right or wrong is not by learning about the wrong, but by yielding to the Holy Spirit and doing right.
My friend, you make a choice every day of whether you are going to do right or wrong. You do right at work because you choose to do right. You do right in your home because you choose to do right. You do right at school because you choose to do right in spite of what every other student is doing. Doing right is an individual choice. It matters not how much pressure is put on you to do wrong; the only thing that matters is whether you choose to do right in spite of the pressure. God never overlooks sin because of the pressure of the environment around you. God expects you to use the privilege of choice to do right. My question for you is this: what are you doing with your privilege of choice?