Second chances

The LORD works in mysterious ways. His timing is not our timing and his reasons are above our comprehension. We were once dead in trespasses and sins but Christ now prepares us for more life.


“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

2 Corinthians 5:1


Down but not out


Hezekiah was the King of Judah in a very challenging time. He was in the middle of constant siege from foreign kingdoms but he remained faithful throughout. This faith was rewarded as God delivered a mighty overnight blow to Judah's enemies. Favour appeared to be upon Hezekiah but in the very next chapter we find him desperately stricken with illness. The diagnosis was as dire.


“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.

2 Kings 20:1


What stands out is the call to set his house in order. Getting our house in order is another way of saying getting ourselves in order. To get ourselves in order we must be aligned with God and his word.


“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”

Hebrews 3:6


A date of departure had not been given but Hezekiah responded immediately by going to God in tearful prayer and repentance. Most might think it was too late at this point but Hezekiah believed in prayer. This made me appreciate the power of our prayers even more. God transcends what we know as time. In taking our prayers to God, we now enter a space where time is irrelevant and impossible is nothing.


Remember me


What do we do when our backs are against the wall? Hezekiah's word hold great value. To begin, he asked God to remember him.


“I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.”

2 Kings 20:3


Hezekiah asked God to remember the vessel that God had created for his glory. He also proceeded to ask God to remember the virtue that came forth from him. The only one good is God. Any virtue we are capable of comes only by the goodness of God. In asking the Most High to remember the good in him, he in turn asked to remember the God in him. The God in us being Christ.


“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

1 Corinthians 3:16


We are created in the image of God. In asking God to remember, we rememind him of all that is good and merciful when it comes to his children. The response was as immediate as a father to the cry of his own son. God told Isaiah to turn back with a word of deliverance. What appeared at first to be a harsh judgement from Isaiah, now resembled more of a warning.


“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.”

1 Timothy 4:6


Restoration


God healed Hezekiah and on the third day, added an abundance of years to his life. He renewed his strength and Hezekiah continued on in remembrance of God's goodness. He was now a living testimony of more life.


“...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

- John 10:10


The quickness with which God can turn things around is truly remarkable. Never lose hope for our God is hope. Stay faithful to doing the things God asks of us, even in the most trying of times. Our dying daily or faithfulness unto death has its reward. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.


“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.”

Psalms 118:17