He Hears and Sees

2 Kings 20:1-6(NIV)

1In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord,“Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’”

We are sometimes told things that we do not want to hear.  In school, if you are told that you have failed; at work, if you were told you are no longer needed for the job; at the dentist, being told that you need major surgery and at the doctor or hospital, being told that you have a few months to live.  It would be nice to always hear good news, but that is not reality.  We live in a fallen world and our bodies will get weak and we will fail at times.

Hezekiah was ill and was told by Isaiah that his days are over.  He will die soon.  It is remarkable that he prayed to God and God heard his prayers and have seen his tears.  This builds my confidence that as I pray today, he does hear my prayers, no matter how minor or major they are. God did answer his prayer and miraculously gave him another fifteen years to his life.  He also added that he will defend the city from the enemy for the sake of his servant David.  God is willing to defend us if we are being attacked by Satan and his schemes to undermine our faith.

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