At that time … the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah. … And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them.
Hold on a second: did I really just read that? Isn’t this the same Hezekiah who watched God deliver Jerusalem from Sennacherib? Hezekiah, who fortified the walls so thick that chariots could ride atop them? Hezekiah, who rerouted the river to flow under the city walls so that God’s people wouldn’t starve under siege? Yet, here he is, leading Babylonians through Jerusalem, bragging about her wealth, showing off her arsenal, and compromising her security. How could such a noble, faithful king become so foolish? The same way David could commit adultery and Noah could become a drunkard and Peter could deny Christ. He took his guard down; he grew complacent; he thought his past virtues gave him diplomatic immunity over present vices.
Christian, did you serve Christ faithfully yesterday? Great! But that’s in the past. Seek Him today, right now, because there’s still so much at stake.