Keep the Faith! Hezekiah Held Fast, We Can Too

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The Bible teaches us examples of people sticking with the Lord (especially in times of trial, illness and just bad times). We MUST put our faith in the Lord! TRUST GOD! 

We must. 

The kings (and common folk) in the book of Kings had prophets to help say what God wanted said. Woes to anyone who fights against the Lord. In the books of kings, there were good kings and bad kings, and A LOT of each. Good ones were good most of the time and bad ones were good some of the time, and so forth – but clearly all kings are all human (just like us) and all were/are being evaluated by God. Did they have FAITH in HIM? Do we? How do we deal with illness and scares?

Now it HAS been a long time working thru the book of Kings, and I had no idea how much history is here! So having a closer look at elaborate intricate history, which IS also THE WORD living to be learned, is just like looking at the weave of an intricate cloth or into a thicket of mesh or just like you would see an insect’s or butterfly’s wings close up, being so intricately and gorgeously detailed. Other times the stories are just a HUGE volume of info that I can’t absorb, perhaps that is why we will have FOREVER to meet everyone and learn their stories. And like stories which we can not comprehend (yet) we will just have to wait to see how it all fits together. It DID become clear, looking at these lists of kings and prophets printed on my new favorite pamphlet from Rose Publishing, that the Bible books overlap many times with multiple descriptions of one era and of certain people (Like Hezekiah and Isaiah).  I realize that we can learn one layer deep and then will have the opportunity to learn another layer deep. Like more than skin deep, the Word is deep from deep. 

More than skin deep also was a boil on the hand of Hezekiah, king of Judah. The Lord healed him, because HE ASKED. Hezekiah was a king who DID follow God and he did that like no other! And he was good! “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, theGod of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.”

What a great realization – that the Lord was WITH him (and is with us). That is what we must strive to realize as well and strive to be – to hold fast to the Lord and let the Lord BE GOD. He CAN protect and direct. If we let the Lord lead, we DO have Someone and some path to follow. And what a great open fruitful time for a great prophet, Isaiah, to be connected to Hezekiah. Isaiah speaks of the Messiah coming and has an opportunity to open more eyes and ears to the blessings of the Lord. Isaiah wrote (chapter 37:31-32):  “This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: “Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

Isaiah and Hezekiah meet up again at a point where Hezekiah becomes very ill. The recovery was credited to the Lord and any and every recovery we have from illness should be credited to the Lord for HE IS GOOD – and every trial should bring us closer to the Lord – for HE IS GOOD.  Hezekiah’s illness became the connection from which he then PRAISED the Lord for making him realize that He really WAS dependent upon God. God first made him put his house in order (which we also should do) and then because Hezekiah prayed and prayed, God delivered him. “In 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.  Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.  Isaiah 38:1-5

Hezekiah wrote this praise to the Lord after his illness and recovery:
I said, “In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?”
I said, “I will not again see the Lord himself in the land of the living; no longer will I look on my fellow man, or be with those who now dwell in this world. Like a shepherd’s tent my house has been pulled down and taken from me. Like a weaver I have rolled up my life, and he has cut me off from the loom; day and night you made an end of me. I waited patiently till dawn, but like a lion he broke all my bones; day and night you made an end of me. I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!

But what can I say?  He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul. Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health and let me live.

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness. The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.

We ALSO can call on the Lord – in the pain and in the preventative stages – and in all moments…

He IS our All in All – He will answer the call.

TRUST GOD!

Amen

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