Today you should read: 2 Kings20
This chapter is filled with thought-provoking stuff. I’m just going to bullet point a few observations that I made while reading it. Some of these observations lead to more questions than answers for me.
In verses 1-6, Hezekiah had a big prayer request answered. He had received a prognosis from the Lord that he had a short time to live. He prayed that the Lord would heal him, and the Lord added 15 years to His life. Why did the Lord give him extra years? To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m 100% sure the Lord had a reason and a plan for him in those extra years.
If you are like me, maybe you’re asking why God didn’t answer your prayers to extend the life of a family member or friend who was sick. If He gave Hezekiah 15 extra years of life, why didn’t He give my dad 15 extra years? To be honest, I have no idea, but I’m 100% sure the Lord had a reason and a plan for taking dad when He did instead of adding years. There’s comfort in knowing that, but this is a passage that raises more questions than answers for me right now.
In verse 7, Isaiah told Hezekiah a procedure to treat his sickness and “he recovered.” Apparently, God used a medical procedure to bring healing. Commentator, David Guzik, said “God can, and often does, bring healing through medical treatments, and apart from an unusual direction from God, medical treatment should never be rejected in the name of faith.” Don’t discount that God will use medical treatment as a healing agent.
Hezekiah was healed, but still died. I’m reminded that 100% of people die. Even if God extends the life of a mortally ill person by healing them, ultimately, they will die someday. That may sound morbid, but it’s true. This gives me comfort because it reminds me that ultimate healing for a follower of Christ happens at death. Only then will we have the opportunity to be in a place where there are no more tears and no more pain.
Hezekiah was known for being a man that followed after God. It seems his beginning was better than his end, though. Look at verse 19. Isaiah had just prophesied judgment via Babylonian captivity. That’s not good, but Hezekiah seemed to think the prophecy was “good.” Why did he think this was a good thing? Verse 19 says that he thought it was good because he would be gone by the time all this happened. As long as there was peace in his day, then he wasn’t concerned with the future.
That’s NOT good. As Christ followers, church leaders, mentors, etc., we should be concerned for future generations beyond our time. We should consistently be asking the question, “Lord, how do you want to use me to leave a lineage of disciples who will walk with you, experience your grace and mercy, and glorify you name?”
Do you have any interesting observations or thoughts?
Posted by: Rich Duffield