Daily Devotion

THE HEALING & THE SIGN

Hezekiah was a righteous king. Later in his reign, however, he became ill to the “point of death” (2 Kings 20:1a). Isaiah the prophet reinforced this prognosis—
 
            ““This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because
              you are going to die; you will not recover.”” (vs.1b)
 
King Hezekiah responded with earnest prayer and bitter weeping (vss.2-3). God was moved and through Isaiah shared this message—
 
            ““I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.
               …I will add fifteen years to your life.”” (vss.5b-6a)
 
Hezekiah requested a ““sign that the Lord will heal me”” (vs.8a). Isaiah posed an option. A unique ““shadow”” would go forward ten steps….or back ten steps”” (vs.9b).
 
King Hezekiah asked for what he presumed to be the more difficult direction—““back ten steps”” (vs.10). Isaiah “called upon the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps” (vs.11a). God proved Himself faithful to this faithful king.
 
OUR STORY: God is faithful to us in response to our faithfulness to Him.
 
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