King Hezekiah was a righteous king. He followed the righteous path of King David. However, even though he was a righteous man who was serving God diligently, he was confronted with a terrible situation.
“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.” (Isaiah 38:1).
This serves as a lesson for each one us. As Christians, we will face hardships, trials and tribulations. But when they occur, what must we do? Complain? Neglect our faith? Doubt our integrity? People often think that there is something wrong with them because they are facing problems. Hezekiah had an incurable disease, yet he never doubted who he was before God.
Many are those who are “in the faith” when everything is going well but as soon as they receive bad news, they turn their backs on God and forget the part of the prayer that says: “Let Your will be done”. If we are truly serving God, we must trust that He is in control. When we face problems, we have to be careful not to become unrighteous by accusing God and doubting His power. Instead, we must have the same reaction as Hezekiah. He turned to God instead of turning against Him and reminded him of his righteousness.
“Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed 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.” (Isaiah 38:2-3).
When confronted with problems, we have to be careful of our reactions because without God we are nothing but without us, He is still God. That’s why we always have to humble ourselves before God and put our trust in Him. In moments of adversity, we have to be careful not to become unrighteous.
God allows us to go through certain battles and tribulations in order to work inside of us and stir up our faith when He sees that it is becoming dormant. There will even be moments when we use our faith and do everything possible to obtain the results we want and yet achieve the opposite, just like it happened with King David; he prayed for his child when he became sick but he still died (see 2 Samuel 12:16-24). We must learn from his reaction when his will was not done and understand that God’s will is supreme. The devil will always try to deceive us by telling us that God is not with us when we face problems; we have to be aware of his tactics.
Remember, it is worth it to be righteous, especially when we don’t see the results we want. Those who are righteous and serving God will always be in the best position. Even when we don’t understand why certain things happen, we have to “turn to the wall” and remind God of who we are before Him. And instead of always looking around us when facing battles, we must choose to look within ourselves and check to see if we still have grudges, bad eyes, iniquity, etc. When we are like this, God will honour us in the same way He honoured Hezekiah and our prayers will always be effective before Him.
“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.” (Isaiah 38:4-5).