King Ahaz took the throne when he was twenty years old. He not only walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, he made his sons pass through fire! The Lord spared his son Hezekiah. He became king when he was twenty-five. His mother must have been the one to train up Hezekiah in the ways of the Lord. Her father was an evil king, and so was her husband.
2 Kings 18:5 says, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.” That is quite a commendation. Hezekiah removed the high places, broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image, and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that the children had turned into an idol.
The king of Assyria threatened to seize Jerusalem. Watch what Hezekiah did. 2 Kings 19:14 says, “And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.” Then he prayed. He implored the Lord to save them from his hand. God sent the prophet Isaiah. Verse 20 says, “…Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.”
The Lord always hears. David declared that in Psalm 17:6. It says, “I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.” Here is how God handled the Assyrian king. 2 Kings 19:35 says, “And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses–all dead.” 185,000!
Nothing is impossible for God. No plan can thwart His purpose in your life. God is the Sovereign Ruler over all. Our responsibility is to trust Him and to explicitly obey His commandments. That is where the children of Israel failed. They heard His commandments very clearly, yet they disobeyed. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”