Key Verse: “In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign.” 2 Chronicles 32:24
Most of us don’t like to think about death. It is a very scary thought to most people. A few generations after King David we find King Hezekiah. Hezekiah was told to set his house in order, as he would soon die.
Many of us would think that this was a bad situation (being told that we would die shortly), yet we need to see the blessings of this knowledge for Hezekiah.
1. The knowledge of death provoked a changed attitude. Hezekiah realized it was not too late.
2. The knowledge of death led Him closer to God.
3. The knowledge of death turned His face to back to God, and he wept out displaying his dependency upon the Lord for forgiveness.
2 Chronicles 32:24 says Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign.
Hezekiah receives the word of the Lord from the prophet Isaiah that he is going to die, but Hezekiah calls out to the Lord for mercy, and the Lord answers his prayer.
There are two important lessons here that are clear for us even today.
1) Proverbs 27:1 teaches us, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” This is the lesson Hezekiah learned when close to death, but is a lesson we should all consider. None of us are promised tomorrow and each of us, at some point have been touched be unexpected death. Know this, how should we live differently.
2) Matthew 21:22 says “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” We serve a God who answers prayer and answers miraculously. God still answers prayer today as He did in Hezekiah’s time. Lailah Gifty Akita, wrote: “With much prayer comes great grace from God.” If you have a need, bring it to the Lord in Prayer, it’s not too late.