2 Kgs 20:1-21
When sickness comes, such as could lead to death, we all become anxious and want to know what’s next. Isaiah told Hezekiah what was next today. He told Hezekiah to put his house in order because his sickness would lead to death. The king then turned to God in prayer, weeping his heart out, and crying to God to remember how he had walked uprightly with him. Just before Isaiah left the palace God told him to go back and tell Hezekiah he would have fifteen more years, he even gave him a sign to confirm this, with the shadow going back ten degrees. What!!!! Has God changed his mind about Hezekiah or what is happening here???
In truth, it appears as though Hezekiah’s prayer moved God to give him more years. God is very compassionate and merciful, however he is also sovereign. In this case He chose to allow Hezekiah more years, though we would soon see better later. One thing we should remember is the fact that Hezekiah ask God for what he wanted, but did he ask for God’s will to be done. After three days, Hezekiah was indeed restored as he recovered from his sickness.
We later read that Berodach-bala-dan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah when he heard he had been sick, and herein came Hezekiah’s error. He received the king’s servant and showed them all the house of his precious things, gold, silver, spices, he left out nothing that he did not show them. When Isaiah knew the mission of these Babylonians, he foretold the captivity of Judah, a time when all the treasures that Hezekiah had shown this people would be carried away to Babylon, along with Hezekiah’s sons. Should all these have happened???
Well, God knows bests! He allowed peace to reign in Hezekiah’s time, and we could argue that had he not had fifteen more years, he would not have flaunted his treasures to the Babylonians. How do you submit to God’s will? How do you see things from his own perspective and not from yours? It could make the whole difference in your perception and interpretation of life.
Some verses to remember
3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.