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Impressive Indescretions

2 Chronicles 32:31
However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.

King Hezekiah was a good king. He loved the Lord and desired to honor Him. Therefore the nation was covered by God protection and experienced His prosperity. Like many leaders, pride found places to live in his heart. Earlier in v.25, hezekah was healed from life-threatening sickness. Instead of being grateful, he became prideful. It goes on to say that God's "wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem." In this occasion,Hezekiah humbled himself and avoided God's discipline.

This wasn't the last time Hezekiah allowed pride to rule in his heart. 2 Kings 20:12-19 provides the background of the story. Babylon had sent some "ambassadors" to visit Jerusalem. And here's where the problem starts. There are many leaders, including myself, who seek for approval or validation by showing off. It's a classic "guy" or male response. We have to prove how succesful or how powerful we are. Prudence requires constraint and humility while pride calls for showing off and sometimes indescretion. I can't begin to tel how many times I have wished I didn't say something or done something because I knew the motivation for saying or doing these things was pride. Yet I try to disguise our words/actions under the auspises of givng credit to God. I'm not fooling anybody, including myself. I need "cheap respect" - that which comes from trying to be impressive and not humbly earned. Cheap respect has consequences.

I've wondered, and felt at times, if God has withdrawn from me. Not that He ceased to love me, but allowed me to know the consequences of my desire to be impress men instead of honoring Him. This is an important test. God, who already knows what is in our hearts, allows our circumstances to expose it to us. With each sitation we continue to allow pride to live and not die in our hearts, we never know which moment of "cheap respect" will have a huge cost. This mistake by Hezekiah led to the Babylonians raiding Jesursalem and taking the nation into captivity. All because Hezekiah wanted to "show off."

Lord, don't want to be a show off. Help me to kill that thing in me that wants to be impressive and leades to pridefu indescretions.

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