Isaiah 37, 38
Focus Verse: As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. – Isaiah 37:1
Hezekiah’s faith was not just something he talked about in front of others. It was something that was personal to him; something that he lived out on a day-to-day basis. His trust in God was not an outward show of piety. It was an inward conviction. He truly believed that whatever distress he was in, God was able to deliver him; whatever problem he faced, God could provide the perfect solution; whatever battle was pitted against him, God would give him victory.
In both passages (37 and 38), Hezekiah is hit with a couple of impossible situations; and each time, without hesitation, Hezekiah takes those impossible situations and lays them before the Lord.
In the first verse (37:1), it says that as soon as Hezekiah heard the words of the Rabshakeh, he immediately went into the house of the Lord. He immediately requested for the prophet Isaiah to lift up a prayer for them.
Then (37:14), when Hezekiah received the Rabshakeh’s letter, which included more demeaning and threatening words, he again immediately went up to the house of the Lord and spread the letter before Him. Then, Hezekiah prayed to the Lord for deliverance.
Then (38:2), Hezekiah became sick and was near the point of death. Even after he received a message from God through Isaiah telling him that he would not recover from his sickness, but would surely die; what did Hezekiah do? He prayed to the Lord – the same Lord who had told him he would not recover – for healing.
In each impossible situation, God heard Hezekiah’s prayers, He honored his faith, and He delivered him.
What trust! What faith!
And what I most admire about Hezekiah’s faith was that there was zero hesitancy, there was no display of doubt. His faith was firmly rooted in the Lord and it could not be shaken. When hit with the Rabshakeh’s words, he didn’t write a letter of response or consult with his military generals or call his army together and ride into battle against Assyria. He did nothing but go to the Lord.
When hit with sickness and the surety of death, he did not consult his doctors or turn to any healing medicines or despair at how his body was being ravaged. He did nothing but go to the Lord.
When hit with an impossible situation, how many times do we go to our family or our friends or a co-worker or teacher or pastor or boss, before we go to the Lord? Do we try to fix problems ourselves before turning to the Lord? Is God our last resort, after everything else we’ve tried has failed, or is He our “as soon as.”
The psalmist David asked: From where does my help come?
Hezekiah knew where his help came from. Do we know where our help comes from?
Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.