2013-07-10 - What Would Isaiah Say?
Originally Published 2013-05-15
The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your fathers have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. (Isaiah 39:6)
What is up with Hezekiah? When King Hezekiah was told he would not recover from a sickness, Hezekiah didn't agree to it. He fought for his life before God. He cried and asked God to remember how faithful and obedient he'd been. It worked. Hezekiah didn't die as foretold, and got 15 extra years added to his life.
Hezekiah praised God for hearing him, and said he would continue praising the Lord. What happened to that boldness and determination, when he was confronted with another devastation? Is this the same man who didn't accept his death sentence?
Merodach-Baladan, prince of Babylon heard of Hezekiah's recovery and sent letters and a present to King Hezekiah. Merodach-Baladan came for a visit, and the king showed him all his treasures.
I told King Hezekiah all his Earthly possessions would be taken by the Babylonians, and some of his sons would be slaves in the Babylonian palace. After he heard my words, he responded by stating that whatever the Lord says is good to him. Did he not feel the need to repent over his love for material possessions or his trusting nature? Hezekiah was quick to show the prince all his jewels, spices, and armor, but did he mention how the glory of God healed him?
What about the fate of Hezekiah's sons? Does he think God won't help him this time? What made Hezekiah settle and not fight? I was not privy to his thought process - could it be he was content, knowing there would be peace during his lifetime? Perhaps that was enough for him. It wouldn't be for me, I assure you. I would have sought God's wisdom on how to rectify the situation.
Lord, I have been faithful to You, and things seem so unfair. Straighten out the situation for the best. It is in Your hands, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.