“In those days, Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.” Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD, and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.”
And the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, “Go and tell Hezekiah, “Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.” And this is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing which He has spoken: Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.” So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down.” (Isaiah 38:1-8)
Hezekiah was king over Israel when the king of Assyria was terrorizing the known world at the time. Hezekiah totally depended on God to defend Jerusalem. He did whatever the LORD told him to do to get victory for the people of God. He stood his ground in spite of terrible odds. He was faithful to God.
How many of you know that coming off great spiritual victories will usually bring an attack of the enemy of our souls: Satan. God was glorified in the obedience of Hezekiah. Satan was mad and attacked him with a deadly sickness. He was dying. Even the LORD Himself told him he was dying and to get his house in order. But Hezekiah knew the power and mercy of God very well.
Hezekiah was confident that God could and would heal him of this deadly disease. So he turned his faith towards the LORD and prayed. He reminded the LORD of his faithfulness to him. He grabbed the hem of His garment and held on with bitter tears. The LORD heard the faith and saw the tears and His mercy was extended to Hezekiah.
The prophet Isaiah hadn’t even left the palace before the LORD told him to return and tell Hezekiah that He would be healed. Isn’t God good? The number of Hezekiah’s days were up. Everyone has a set number of days allotted by the LORD. Sometimes people get killed way before their days are up and others are granted an extension of life. Hezekiah was granted an extension.
Why did God do this for Hezekiah? Because of his FAITH. Faith will ALWAYS move God to action towards you. Always. It really wasn’t the bitter tears that God saw Hezekiah weep. It was his complete confidence in God’s ability to heal and His willingness to do so because of His great mercy. Hezekiah knew his God! And because he knew Him, faith intervened and changed his destiny.
A few months ago, my mother was facing the possibility of cancer in her body. When I heard about it, I asked her if I could pray for healing with her. We prayed the prayer of faith and I anointed her with oil. Yesterday, she went for the test and was given a clean bill of health! Last night during our prayer meeting, as we were sitting before the Lord, He brought to my mind this passage in Isaiah and I knew that He had healed my mother’s body months ago when we prayed together. Once again faith intervened and changed another destiny.
Real faith is absolutely convinced that God’s ability AND motives are always good towards you. This can only come through the intimate relationship between you and the LORD. Faith is confidence in God. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, but hope is NOT faith. God saw Hezekiah’s tears, but what moved Him to ACT on Hezekiah’s behalf was his faith, not his tears.
Are you facing something devastating today? Turn to the LORD in FAITH, real faith. He won’t ignore it. Real faith brings an intervention to desperate situations. Begin to build an intimate relationship with the God of the universe today and you will see that your faith will intervene in an impossible situation too.
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