Hezekiah: What Have They Seen in Thy House?
There is an interesting story in 2 Kings 20 about Judah’s King Hezekiah. Some envoys were sent to him from the king of Babylon; and in his pride, Hezekiah “showed them all the house of his treasures…..there was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them” (v. 13). When the prophet Isaiah inquired about their visit (v. 15), he asked the king, “What have they seen in thy house?” Hezekiah had exposed all of Judah’s wealth to his Babylonian guests – a mistake that would eventually lead to the downfall of the kingdom of Judah (vv. 16-18).
To borrow from Isaiah’s question: what about your life? Has anyone visited you lately? If so, “What have they seen in thy house?” Did they see a genuine love for God in your home? Did they see a respectable and loving family, devoted to one another? Was the beauty of Jesus seen in your conduct? If not, beware, my friends. For such a mistake will eventually lead to ruin.