2 Chronicles 32* The invasion of Sennacherib, His defeat. (1-23) Hezekiah'ssickness, His prosperous reign, and death. (24-33)1-23 Those who trust God with their safety, must use propermeans, else they tempt him. God will provide, but so must wealso. Hezekiah gathered his people together, and spakecomfortably to them. A believing confidence in God, will raiseus above the prevailing fear of man. Let the good subjects andsoldiers of Jesus Christ, rest upon his word, and boldly say,Since God is for us, who can be against us? By the favour ofGod, enemies are lost, and friends gained. 24-33 God left Hezekiah to himself, that, by this trial and hisweakness in it, what was in his heart might be known; that hewas not so perfect in grace as he thought he was. It is good forus to know ourselves, and our own weakness and sinfulness, thatwe may not be conceited, or self-confident, but may always livein dependence upon Divine grace. We know not the corruption ofour own hearts, nor what we shall do if God leaves us toourselves. His sin was, that his heart was lifted up. What needhave great men, and good men, and useful men, to study their owninfirmities and follies, and their obligations to free grace,that they may never think highly of themselves; but begearnestly of God, that he will always keep them humble! Hezekiahmade a bad return to God for his favours, by making even thosefavours the food and fuel of his pride. Let us shun theoccasions of sin: let us avoid the company, the amusements, thebooks, yea, the very sights that may administer to sin. Let uscommit ourselves continually to God's care and protection; andbeg of him never to leave us nor forsake us. Blessed be God,death will soon end the believer's conflict; then pride andevery sin will be abolished. He will no more be tempted towithhold the praise which belongs to the God of his salvation.
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