King Hezekiah was twenty five years old when he began to reign over the Southern Kingdom, Judah.
II Kings 18:3-4 (AMP)
3Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his [forefather] had done. 4He removed the high places, broke the images, cut down the Asherim, and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until then the Israelites had burned incense to it; but he called it Nehushtan [a bronze trifle].
This king took charge and was lead by the Lord in all that needed to be done. Hezekiah relied on the Lord to the fullest, that scripture states there was no other king before or after like him. He was a one of a kind, Holy Ghost Spirited man that ran his kingdom as such.
Where ever Hezekiah went, he was blessed and defeated his enemies. He tapped into the commandment of the blessing of Deuteronomy 28.
Deuteronomy 28:6 (AMP)
Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Hezekiah became deadly ill one day. The Prophet Isaiah came to him with a Word from the Lord to prepare himself because he would not recover from the illness and would die. Isaiah left and Hezekiah turned his face towards the wall and pleaded to the Lord. He reminded Him of how faithful and true he was to Him and wept bitterly.
By this time, Isaiah was in the middle of the court walking out of the palace. The Lord’s heart was moved by Hezekiah’s sincere request and gave another Word to Isaiah to give him. Isaiah returned to Hezekiah and told him that his prayer had been heard and the Lord would grant him another 15 years of life.
How powerful is prayer life? With this situation, the Lord responded quickly within minutes of Hezekiah’s request. It shows the closeness of relationship he had with the Lord and the dedicated commune.
But Hezekiah didn’t accept God’s Word. Instead of asking why, he pleaded for more time. We may ask, “more time for what?” When a Word comes straight from the Lord we should be obedient to do what He’s asking us to do.
I don’t think it’s wrong to get clarification and ask the why. But we have to be focused and clear that at the end of the day we will do what God is asking us to do. Sometimes, He will answer the whys but, other times, He may delay to respond or not respond at all. If we can understand that when the Holy Spirit speaks and we abide in those instructions, we can’t go wrong regardless of how better we think our own plans are.
Hezekiah didn’t have any sons and knew that he wouldn’t have an heir to transfer all his wealth to. Instead of relying on the Lord to handle it, he decided to meddle in God’s plans.
How often do we meddle in God’s plan? We get fixated on getting something that we want (ex. for Hezekiah it was a child) that our minds get clouded with that desire and turns us away from what God wants for us.
II Kings 20:6 (AMP)
I will add to your life fifteen years and deliver you and this city [Jerusalem] out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.
Isaiah began the process of healing Hezekiah and he recovered from his illness.
What did these fifteen years give Hezekiah? Did he fulfill his desire and purpose that he thought was suitable for his life? Or did he repent and fulfilled God’s plan?
To be continued…