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Text: Isaiah 36: 1-5

1: In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.
2: Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord,
3: And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, 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.
4: Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying,
5: Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

King Hezekiah wouldn’t believe that it was time for him to die, his first action when Isaiah delivered the message was a commitment to his faith.

Now Isaiah came with a bad prophecy, he was facing Prophet Isaiah when the message was delivered, as soon as the message was delivered he turned his back against bad prophecy, it wasn’t the right time to face Isaiah.

I see Hezekiah saying, ‘ Isaiah, you are a man of God, but now you came with a bad prophecy, I can’t face you. I have always believe all you said, but I can’t believe this. Anyways, I don’t have business with you, I have business with God. ‘ He turned his back to Isaiah and face the wall to seek the face of God.

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What caught my attention most is the content of Hezekiah’s prayer, look at it here, verse 3: And said, Remember [earnestly] now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in faithfulness and in truth, with a whole heart [absolutely devoted to You], and have done what is good in Your sight. And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

You wouldn’t understand this if you aren’t conscious of the fact that he was a great king, he had power to do anything and not being questioned, he had absolute power over his subordinates, remember that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. He could have taken someone’s wife like David, he could have taken someone’s vineyard like Ahad, he could have married many women like King Solomon, he could have set up a graven image like King Nebuchadnezzar, he could have disobeyed God like King Saul.

The power king Hezekiah had was superior to that of President Joe Biden of United States of America. Yet , despite all the privileges and powers he was faithful to the Lord, he disciplined himself, he wasn’t intoxicated with power, his flesh would have desired pretty girls in his kingdom, he would have cautioned himself, unlike king Solomon.

So he said ‘ remember now, oh Lord, how I have served you faithfully and have done that which is right ‘. If king Solomon prayed like this an angel would probably have slapped him. King Hezekiah had been consistent in his walk with God, no criminal case against him, no irregularities, no carefree attitude, he was conscious of God in all

God’s action after Hezekiah prayed attested to the fact that Hezekiah was right, God had no objections about what he said, he was found faithful before God.

God didn’t delay about changing his mind about Hezekiah’s death. The way the story was written it was like God has concluded that it is for Hezekiah to die, but Hezekiah was about to make reverse his decision.

God quickly checked Hezekiah’s profile and record with him and found out Hezekiah deserved an extension of life. And Now Isaiah would have to go back not only reverse the death sentence, but also prescribe solution to Hezekiah’s terminal disease. Isaiah 38:12 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.” NLT.

It occured to me that God really wanted Hezekiah to die, he hid the solutions from all medical practitioners of Hezekiah’s time. Very simple solution to what would have killed a king in the class of the number president in the world.

What do we learn from this? Hezekiah’s walk with God commanded God’s attention. Hezekiah could God’s mind through his walk with him. Our walk with God propels speedy answers to our prayer. Honours the words of those who honour him. God bless you.

* Help me Lord to be faithful in my walk with you in the name of Jesus.

Psalm 13, 1 Corinthians 3
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