Not wanting to be bothered with such writing, the Northeast Argus editor assigned me the job of writing obituaries and weddings. It did give me a break from proofreading and taking counter classified advertising. Since I find people so interesting, I really didn’t mind the assignment. As a person reads through I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, and II Chronicles he has to notice that at each death of a monarch, there is a short obituary.
Usually it reads something as this: “And David slept with his fathers. . .” or whichever king. Recently I took notice of King Hezekiah’s obituary. It reads, “And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah. And Hezekiah slept with his fathers and his son, Mannesseh reigned in his stead.”
He is remembered for many things, but his pool and conduit is mentioned several times in Scripture. It is mentioned here in II Kings 20, II Chronicles 19, Isaiah 22:9, and again in Isaiah 36. That conduit brought life-saving water hidden underground from sight of any enemy that might surround the city. Psalm 46:4 speaks of that water when it says, “There is a river that makes glad the city of God.”
Hezekiah is remembered for many things, but his obituary remembers the phenomenal underground tunnel. That 1,750 foot long waterway was no easy feat in 750 BC.
Will you be remembered for your walk with Jesus? Your upstanding integrity? Your willingness to help others? Let’s hope we won’t be remembered for being grumpy, dishonest, and a mean short temper.
Next time you are tempted to do less that your best, or even something “shady” think about how you will be remembered. Stop. Think. Do the next good memorable thing. You may not be a king, but if you are a child of God, live so that you will be remembered fondly.