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. 2 Kings 20
Here is another interesting story, God had said to the king, ‘time up,
you’re coming home’, for whatever reason, the king wasn’t ready to go
yet. Hezekiah probably thought he still had unfinished business on the
earth. Sometimes I wondered what these could be. It’s a bit like
refusing to go home after work when the director says time up.
The king negotiated with God and got 15 more years, looks like a long
time but in comparison to eternity in heaven it’s negligible.
Significant or not, the 15 year was long enough for him to open his
treasures to the enemies who’ll come back to plunder it and also have a
child who’ll destroy everything good he’s built all through life.
Be careful what you wish for, sometimes, what you want isn’t exactly
what you need. With an option of eternity in heaven, who cares about 15
more years here? Unless we probably don’t quite believe what we think we
believe about our eternal home.
Heaven is real; we’ll be there
for ever so there’s no point going in a hurry. However, no matter how
long we stay here, I pray we all finish well in Jesus’ name.