Jul. 4. Hezekiah’s Illness

II Kin. 20:1-11; II Chron. 32:24; Is. 38:1-22

“Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.” Life is a terminal condition. An infant is in the womb and the expectant parents anticipate many great accomplishments from the life of that child. However, there are no promises of the number of days of one’s life. It may end as a stillbirth or extend for more than a century, BUT the words that God spoke to King Hezekiah through the mouth of Isaiah have been true for mankind throughout the ages.

Upon learning that he would not recover from his illness, Hezekiah prayed for healing. God answers all of the prayers of His children. It may be, “Yes;” “No;” “Wait awhile;” or “I have something better.” The answer to the king’s prayer was a fifteen-year extension of his life. The sun reversed its descent by ten degrees as a sign that God had indeed made that promise.

When one becomes of the age to make life’s decisions, he should be as Hezekiah. He stated after receiving God’s promise of an extended life, “I shall walk carefully all my years…” Man’s purpose in life is to fear God and keep His commandments. As one walks life’s pathway, he should always keep in mind that he may not have another fifteen years to set his house in order. Death may come at the end of the next heartbeat or many years in the future, but it is inevitable that it will come unless the Lord comes first. Therefore, “Set your house in order” and KEEP it that way, “for you shall die, and not live.”