“Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God.” -2 Chronicles 31:20 (ESV)
“Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, ‘Whom do you seek?’” -John 18:4 (ESV)
In 2 Chronicles 29-31, we finally see a king who does right by God. He cleanses the temple of all filthiness caused by the kings before him. Once finished, he holds a celebration with burnt offerings for the Lord. They had so many offerings, even the Levites had to help the priests until the work was finished. Hezekiah led in such a way that he inspired these great acts of sacrifices and even brought the people of Israel and Judah to celebrate together – something that hadn’t been done in many years. All because he led by example by being faithful to God and doing right by Him.
In the first half of John 18, we see another example to follow – the greatest example of all. Jesus was betrayed and a band of soldiers came to arrest him. Knowing all that was going to happen to him, Jesus boldly stepped forward to accept the will of God. He was so confident in God’s will and His glorification that he put all his fears aside to accept his fate. His love for the Father far outweighed anything that would stop him walking out God’s will. And here’s the simple fact – Jesus trusted the Father.
When I think of all the things that hold me back in fear rather than stepping out in faith, they all seem incomparable to what Jesus did boldly. Trusting the will of the Father led to the greatest act of all mankind – salvation brought through Jesus’ sacrifice. Think of the decisions we can make in faith that could potentially lead to something great!