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
If a doctor were to tell you that you have a few days to live, what would be your reaction? Now imagine God telling you, through a distinguished prophet that you are about to die, what would be your reaction? Doctors sometimes are proven wrong, but God is never wrong! Everyone tries to avoid the thought of leaving this planet and facing eternity. Sometimes at funerals, you may be moved to question your time and purpose on this earth as you ponder the brevity of life. But more often than not, we are more concerned with our plans and what is on the agenda.
King Hezekiah was a good leader and had done right before the Lord. He seemed to have no major regrets. Yet, he broke down with the news of his coming death. How can this be? He questioned himself in realizing that his time was coming to an end. Consequently, he did not question God. Even though he was in pain, he desired to live. He turned his face to the wall, wept, and cried out to God. He tried to remind God about his service and love for him. He prayed earnestly a powerful short prayer. As the prophet was walking somewhere to the exit of the palace, the voice of God stopped him. He commanded Isaiah to turn and tell the king about a 15 year extension of life. Isaiah prepared a fig syrup and the king was healed from sickness and Judah saved.
We all have projects pending. How much time is needed for you to complete these projects? Are you living for God or for yourself? What about pending issues you have before God? How many promises have you actually committed and yet they are in a pending folder? Besides your relationship with God, what about your horizontal relationships? Let’s start with your family members, are you in good terms with each one of them? What about your friends? Are there any walls or relationships fractured? Have you forgiven the wrongs of others, including your own mistakes? Have you asked for forgiveness of those you have wronged? The list above appears endless, but is very real. We must learn to count every day as a gift from our loving Father.
Do not wait until you are on your death bed to set your house in order? Take time to evaluate where are you in this moment of your gifted time and resources. It is very possible that you personally know people that had an experience like Hezekiah and they made the best of the time left before them. Indeed, God has set dreams for you. These are aligned with his love and purpose for your life. It is a matter of blocking out all the noise in this world and the lies it offers you. Stop and listen to the voice of God. If Jesus is your Lord, ask Him about his plans for you.
Servants do not demand, they only respond to the master. The Apostle Paul knew when it was time to go. He made a sovereign statement:
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 6-9
As you commit to follow Jesus, always pray to do His will and finish strong.
By Pastor Jorge Cardenas