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 he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day, you shall go up to the house of the Lord. And 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 for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.” 2 Kings 20:1-6
Here is a man who spent his life serving and walking upright before the Lord, and now he is dealing with a life-threatening sickness. Any hope of getting better is soon shut down when the prophet of God, Isaiah, shows up at his house to give him the some of the worst news anyone could ever receive.
Isaiah tells Hezekiah, “Get your matters in order man; God says I should tell you that you won’t get better, you will surely die.”
The sad thing about this is that millions of people across the world can relate to this. Every single day many are diagnosed with cancer, Aids and other incurable diseases. All they hear is “there’s no cure for this”, “you will die”, or “you only have X months to live…” In other words, there is no hope for them, and their condition will soon separate them from their loved ones, and now they must put their matters in order and say their last goodbyes.
Hezekiah, hears the terrible news; the dream-shuttering utterances from the messenger of the Lord, and even though he knew that God’s word is final, he had nothing else to lose – so he took a chance. He took the report and faced the wall – then he prayed.
The Bible says Hezekiah reminded God of his own righteousness and his upright walk before the Lord and all his faithful and undeniable dedication to the Lord. He was so devastated by the news that he wept bitterly.
God is a God who hears. He hears this man’s prayer, changes His mind and extends his life by 15 years.
God doesn’t lie and His Word is final. He didn’t say Hezekiah won’t be facing death – death is inevitable – But God said “not yet”. He held off on this word of death.
If God can change His mind about His own report, then what is a doctor’s report to Him? Your physician may tell you that what they see in your x-ray is life-threatening, and they may tell you that you have 3 months to live, but your fate is in God’s hands.
What the doctors say may be the truth, but if God – who is known for being steadfast and true to His word – would have compassion on a man and change His own mind, how much more ready may He be to reverse a doctor’s report?
You may think, “Well clearly this man was a good man and he did everything right, but I haven’t been walking uprightly… I have many flaws”. You may even think, “It is my own fault that I have been diagnosed with this disease”.
That may be true and you may be right; but consider this: if God can heal someone who solely relied on his own righteousness, then what can he do for a person whose righteousness depends solely on the righteousness of Christ?
Our own “righteousness” is flawed and our healing doesn’t come by works. Jesus is our righteousness, and we can also put God Himself against our wall when we pray to Him; praying for mercy, knowing that Jesus was “pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”.
When you pray, remind God of the righteousness you have been given by Jesus Christ. You may have the doctor’s report, but consider Christ’s wounds. Consider God’s love and compassion for you.