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The Ugliness of Pride View video
2 Chronicles 32:24 - 32:33
24. In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign.
25. But Hezekiah's heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD's wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.
26. Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD's wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.
27. Hezekiah had very great riches and honor, and he made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables.
28. He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks.
29. He built villages and acquired great numbers of flocks and herds, for God had given him very great riches.
30. It was Hezekiah who blocked the upper outlet of the Gihon spring and channeled the water down to the west side of the City of David. He succeeded in everything he undertook.
31. But when envoys were sent by the rulers of Babylon to ask him about the miraculous sign that had occurred in the land, God left him to test him and to know everything that was in his heart.
32. The other events of Hezekiah's reign and his acts of devotion are written in the vision of the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
33. Hezekiah rested with his fathers and was buried on the hill where the tombs of David's descendants are. All Judah and the people of Jerusalem honored him when he died. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king.
Reflection
Proud Heart and Repentance (32:24–29)
When King Hezekiah is ill and near death, he prays to the LORD and receives a miraculous sign. However, Hezekiah’s heart is proud, and he does not respond to God’s mercy. For his arrogance, the LORD’s wrath comes upon Judah and Jerusalem, but Hezekiah repents and humbles himself. During the reign of King Hezekiah, the LORD holds back His wrath, and the people do not see His judgment and enjoy abundant riches. When our hearts are proud, we should repent and humble ourselves before God. Pride makes us think that we can be self-sufficient and blinds us to our great need for God. Only when the false gods of wealth and health fail us, do we realize how empty we are without Him.

Testing of Our Hearts (32:30–33)
The LORD blesses King Hezekiah, and he succeeds in everything that he undertakes. At one point though, God withdraws, leaving to test and know everything that is in Hezekiah’s heart. 2 Kings 20:13 tells us that when the Babylonian envoys come to Judah to ask him about the miraculous sign, Hezekiah foolishly displays all the wealth of the temple and his palace. He boasts in his material wealth rather than the source. Through this action, it is revealed that Hezekiah’s heart remains prideful and not focused on God. May we ask the Holy Spirit to bring to light what is in our hearts so that we may repent of it fully and grow in purity.
Application
- When you are in trouble, what is your first resort and who do you seek first? When everything is going well, do you draw nearer to God or stray farther away from Him?

- When has God tested your heart? Through the test, what did you learn and how can you prevent pride from blinding you to His sanctifying grace?
A Letter to God
Father, thank you for showing me the dangers of pride. Forgive me when I rely on myself more than You. Let my heart rest in my identity in Christ rather than trying to prove my own worth. In all things, teach me humility. In Jesus’ name. Amen.