Okay, we need to make a habit of what Hezekiah does here: reads the letter then lays it before the LORD. “What am I supposed to do about this?”
I love the LORD’s sassy reply. “My daughter will flip her hair at you as you flee.” Ha! Take that, you smug Assyrians! He will save the city for His own sake and for the sake of David, His servant.
“That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death 185,000 in the Assyrian camp”
(Fun side note: the king’s assassins fled to the land of Ararat! Which is where I currently am!)
Later in Hezekiah’s life, he is diagnosed with a fatal sickness. Isaiah says, yeah, you will not recover. At this point, many of us would give up, or accept our fate. As Muslims would say, “inshallah”, or “as God wills”. Christians also say this in our own way. I’ve done this! We give up too early and accept too quickly.
Hezekiah probably didn’t think his sad prayer would make a difference, but in that moment he spoke to the LORD through tears, “don’t you remember how whole heartedly I’ve been devoted to you?”
BOOM. The LORD stops Isaiah in his tracks and tells him to go back and report His decision to extend the king’s life. Prayer makes a difference. Relationship with the LORD makes a difference. “You do not have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:2)
Remember how after all the wicked things Judah had done, when Hezekiah turned to the LORD, He immediately swooped in and called Israel His Virgin Daughter. He loves His people, and how quickly He rescues His kids when they cry out to Him! He cares for us more deeply than we could imagine!
Is there something you’ve accepted as “probably God’s will”? Have you given up something, forgetting He is your loving Father? We can’t pretend to know what God’s hard, fast, specific plan is for each of us, but we can affect it.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for fish will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)
Let’s challenge ourselves to pray boldly, as God’s dearly loved children.