2 Kings 16:3
“But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.”
The verse above says about King Ahaz, “But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel…” This was no glowing report about this king. The way of the kings of Israel was an abominable way. The way of the kings of Israel was an evil way. This way was the way of the heathen. Instead of copying the way of the LORD, he chose to copy the way the heathen lived to his own destruction.
On the other hand, there is another way every person could walk, and that is by doing that which is right in the sight of the LORD. Hezekiah chose this way to his benefit. Instead of looking to the heathen kings whose ways ended in heartache and destruction, Hezekiah learned that trying to please God instead of trying to identify with the way of the heathen gave eternal benefits and blessings. Let me give several statements about walking in the way.
First, you must choose a way in which to walk. Every person has two ways in which they can choose to live. You can choose the way of the world and suffer the consequences of sin, or you can choose to please in the LORD with everything you do and enjoy the blessings of God. God never forces you to follow Him; rather, He leaves the choice up to you in which way you will walk. My advice is to choose wisely.
Second, choices always have consequences or rewards. You had better be wise in which way you choose to follow in life. Yes, God gives you free will to choose which way to go, but with free choice comes great consequence or reward.
Third, always look at the consequence or reward before making a choice. Every way has its fruit, and you would be wise to look at the end of the way instead of the beginning of it. Many choose the way of sin because of sin’s advertisement only to find out that sin gave false advertising. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Walking in the way of the world always leads to death; whereas, walking to please the LORD rewards you with God’s favor and blessings. Certainly, walking in the way of pleasing the LORD may not seem exciting at first, but doing right always gives the most enduring joy of any way.
Fourth, don’t think you are better than the history of the way. My friend, you are not going to change the history of where the way of the world leads. The world’s ways have always led to heartache, and you are not going to change it. Just like you can’t change the laws of gravity, you also can’t change the laws of sin’s consequence. If you continue to do what those before you have done that led to heartache and sorrow, you will suffer the same consequences which they suffered. It is better to let history be your teacher than to become another casualty of history’s lessons.
Let me ask you; which way are you walking? Are you walking in the way of those who have suffered the way of sin, or are you walking to please the LORD with all that you do? You will never regret walking to please the LORD. Let me encourage you to live to please the LORD with all you do. In doing so, you will reap the blessings and favor of God.