In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: 5 “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 20:1-5
Only two kings among those that ruled in Judah wholly followed the Lord. Hezekiah was one of those men. It should be evident that men who follow God are not immune to tragic circumstances. Regardless of the way a man acknowledges God, all will face trying times. But what is different about these men is the way that they respond.
Hezekiah knew God and did not doubt the diagnosis of his coming death. He also knew that only God could change the outcome and his response reflected this belief. Men that know God understand their place before Him. God is capable, and He is approachable. God can handle the emotions and requests of any man. When in the midst of trying times, do not hesitate to mimic the behavior modeled by Hezekiah. Stay faithful and humble before God while asking Him to meet your needs.
DO THIS TODAY: Ask God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
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