2 Kings 20:1-6 “In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘this is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.”
Growing up as a kid in Beaufort South Carolina I remember the agony of not getting what I wanted from my parents. I also remember the joy I experienced when my parents had a change of heart after I reasoned with them. My joy became even sweeter knowing that I fought for what I wanted.
I would imagine my joy was pale in comparison to Hezekiah’s joy after the prophet reported back to him that God changed his mind and extended his life by fifteen years. Think about it for a second, the scriptures says Hezekiah was ill and to the point of death when the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz told him to “put your house in order, because you are going to die; and you will not recover.”
Harsh words to hear when you’re already in the dumps. However, we see from the scriptures how Hezekiah took urgent measures for a dire situation by doing the following:
1. Hezekiah put his spiritual house in order by humbling himself before the Lord.
- 2 Kings 20:2 “Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.”
2. Hezekiah reminded God of all he had done by petition and weeping.
- 2 Kings 20:3 “Remember, Lord how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.”
- James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
Hezekiah knew he had one thing going for him; it was God’s mercy. The God we serve is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4) and abounding in love for His children. Scripture (James 4:2-3) teaches that we do not have because we do not ask. And when we ask, we must ask with the right motives. Examine your heart and ask God to purify anything that restricts His blessing for your life. Perhaps your positioning may change God’s mind; at least it’s worth a shot.
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