Hard Work Really Does Pay Off, at least for Hezekiah

2King 18:1-8; 2Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48

Hard work is not the key to success.

That truth is a gem that I stumbled across today in my reading about one of the greatest Kings Israel ever had: Hezekiah.

Hezekiah cleaned house.  He had the priests get the temple back to its former glory, and he had his people destroy all he tokens of idolatry throughout His kingdom.  He led the people in celebrating Passover together…something they had not done for years.

Hezekiah was successful, but not just because he was a hard worker:

In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

No, hard work alone is not the key to success.  The key to Hezekiah’s success was seeking God first; then work hard.  Hezekiah is proof to us that when our hearts are in the right place…when we are seeking God with our whole hearts and then throw ourselves into the work the Lord puts in front of us…then we will be successful.

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