19 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, The Word of the Lord you have spoken is good. For he thought, Is it not good, if [all this evil is meant for the future and] peace and security shall be in my days? – 2 Kings 20:19 AMP
King Hezekiah has a godly reputation in the Bible. He is credited with reopening the temple which his father had closed. He destroyed all images and high places dedicated to the worship of other gods. He followed God with all of his heart. But amidst such great accomplishments, Hezekiah had a major weakness: he was a member of the “all about me” generation.
Are you a member of the “all about me” generation? Too many people are. Hezekiah was happy when he found out there would be peace and security in Judah as long as he lived. It didn’t matter if his children would have to suffer as he did. He didn’t care if the kingdom would be attacked and his children carried away captive. He obviously was not very familiar with the Proverbs of Solomon.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it is laid up. – Proverbs 13:22 AMP
6 Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 AMP
Hezekiah failed to train his children. If he would have imparted godly values into his children maybe they too could have had peace in the kingdom. Perhaps Hezekiah simply gave up and told his kids that it was useless and doom was on its way. Maybe he was so busy running the country that he didn’t spend time with his children. In that respect, for Hezekiah it was all about Hezekiah.
Are you failing your children? Have you failed to teach them that God should be first in their life? Our society continues to place itself above God in many areas. Today, teachings from the Bible are many times viewed as archaic. Traditional Christian values are being replaced by values that are considered “inclusive.” Homosexuals who would have been by law put to death in Hezekiah’s day are being allowed to preach about Jesus from a church pulpit. All these things and others are happening around us without any reflection on the ramifications. There has to be a point of revelation to parents. There has to be a time when you wake up and realize that your children having a relationship with God is more important than sports, karate, dance, or even going to church. I’m not saying that you should discourage your children from those things, but I am saying that God should be first in their life as well as yours.
You see, we have become a very fast paced society. There even seems to be an obsession among adults to be involved in everything outside of family and work from church functions to civic groups. Our involvement in outside activities many times drives our children to seek outside activities to get our attention. Sometimes they do activities they don’t even want to do, but are just hoping to gain some of your attention that you have been diverting to your own interests. Why? If this describes you it’s because you are a member of the “all about me” generation and are living your own life.
The worst part about the “all about me” generation is that Christians are leading the way. We are constantly trying to do the same things our unsaved peers are doing, and then we pile church on top of it. I can tell you from personal experience that you can involve yourself at church so much that you will not even have time for your family, let alone time for other outside activities.
In case you didn’t know it, I am a past leader of the “all about me” generation. I once worked eighty plus hours a week, was involved in several civic organizations, and was husband and father of the millennium in the community’s eyes. The facts were, that I worked so much out of greed, I volunteered because I wanted power and respect, and I was one lousy excuse of a husband and dad…even after I was saved. I was living life on my terms and never concerned about my children or anyone else knowing God. After all, I was saved. I said I believed in God. That was enough, right? I was lying to myself and to God. My children were growing more daily and we were all missing out.
After too many trials, our family emerged stronger. Marlo and I were determined to make sure our children left home carrying God with them. We didn’t do it to make sure they would carry God with them when they grew older and were ready to leave the nest, but on every occasion when their foot crossed the threshold. Now, if they leave to go to the gas station to fill up their vehicle, God goes with them. Marlo and I know this because they frequently bring home stories of how they have been able to share their faith with complete strangers. Hearing such stories blesses us to a measure I cannot describe.
Hezekiah was unable to feel any elation of this type, but he did serve God. That should count as something, shouldn’t it? Are you like that? Do you load up your children every Sunday (and possibly Wednesday) and go to church? Are you involved at church? What do your children do while you are there? Do you know what your child is being taught or who is teaching them? Are you like Hezekiah; more concerned with your “kingdom?” Are you more concerned with your well-being, your bills, your job, your service at church, your alone time, and if the preacher will dismiss early so you can see the game of the week? If so, you may be more like Hezekiah than you know.