Here we go! Let’s read 2 Kings 20:1-11, Isaiah 38:1-8, 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Isaiah 38:9-22, 2 Kings 20:12-19, and Isaiah 39. Lots of ups and downs. Even though I haven’t done a play-by-play of the day’s reading yet, maybe I’ll make an exception today!
Hezekiah receives a prophecy that he’ll die, so he prays (2 Kings 20:3). With the faithfulness that we always find in Him, God hears Hezekiah. The Lord sent a miraculous sign and extended his life ( 2 Kings 20:5-6). Hezekiah says “the Lord was ready to save me” (Isaiah 38:20). Of course, He was ready to save! Even today, He IS ready to save us at all times. Sitting at “go” all the time, waiting for opportunities to show Himself strong on our behalf.
Hezekiah receives another terrifying prophecy (2 Kings 20:16-19) and his response is literally “well, at least I’ll have peace in my lifetime”. Ugh! Is he kidding right now? Yesterday we were talking about leaving a godly legacy like David, and today Hezekiah can’t think past his own life (and he’s one of the good ones! Remember what a relief it was when he came to power after all the evil kings?).
Contrary to what our selfish nature says, what we do and the legacy we leave is important. We have to think beyond our SELF. It’s unbelievable how quickly our hearts can turn from GOD to SELF (Hezekiah gave us whiplash today). This is a constant battle – and we have to purpose to WIN.